My husband and I were talking about the things of God this morning as we often do. I mentioned a video I saw on YouTube by a young man who claims that God allowed him to see the judgement. Seeing all the people in line ahead of him that the Lord said, “I do not know you,” who were then cast into a place of fire and torment, he was in fear that he too would be sent there. When it was his turn God told him all the things he could have done better. But the one thing that impressed me was when God asked him why he hadn’t forgiven a specific person and the young man insisted that he had. God then asked why he acted like he hadn’t, avoiding the person when he saw them, not talking to them, etc..
I remember a time when I harbored unforgiveness for a relative. One day I decided to forgive this person of anything they had ever done, did, or will do. It wasn’t enough to just make the conscious decision though. I had to ask God to make it real for me. Since that time my relationship with this relative has become much better. We are closer than ever before and get along well. The decision to forgive and ask God to make it real for me was the best decision I’ve ever made in that regard. A black spot was growing in my heart and it made me feel bad. I didn’t like that feeling and it was so cleansing to release all that unforgiveness.
We are told in scripture that we are to forgive in order to be forgiven. The prayer Jesus gave his disciples specifically asked the Father to forgive us our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us. That is powerful. Our own forgiveness is dependent upon our forgiving. How can I harbor ill will toward others once I understand?
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge which leads to wisdom. I love the Lord, I am not afraid of Him, rather I fear the consequences of displeasing Him. Just as when I was a child, I loved my earthly father and was not afraid of him, but feared to displease him because of the discipline I would receive if I misbehaved. I have faith in the Lord that His Word is true. Believing that the Bible is God’s Word I cannot, in faith, allow myself to fail to forgive anyone. Living in forgiveness has freed me to be content in all things. I am blessed. May each of you find it in your heart, with God’s help, to forgive any who have wronged you in the past. Be free, be blessed in God’s love.
9 “Therefore, you should pray like this:
Your name be honored as holy.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.[e]
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And do not bring us into[f] temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.[g]
[For Yours is the kingdom and the power
and the glory forever. Amen.][h]