In last week's Universal News I wrote about obeying God's voice as a way to practise His words and see miracles happening in your life. We mention a verse where Jesus teaches us about forgiveness (John 9:6-8)
How do you forgive someone who has caused much evil? Someone who raped you? Killed your spouse and hurt your children? How do you forgive the one who robbed you of your rights, who damaged your reputation?
Before we answer these questions, let us read the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-14)
"12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." Matthew 6:12
Note that God's forgiveness of us is dependent on us forgiving those who have caused harm.
There is an interesting point about forgiveness ... what the lack of it can cause. As in a paradox, the lack of water in our body can cause a myriad symptom of toxicity, dehydration, headaches and so much more. In fact, a person cannot live without water for more than five days, maybe a few more, but not longer.
The absence of forgiveness likewise can cause so many problems, such as anger, sleepless nights, frustration, hatred, etc. And all of these feelings will certainly poison your body, mind and soul. Feelings that make you remember the moment when an incident which happened years ago is as vivid as if it just occurred ... spiking hatred and an intense desire for revenge. I have never seen anyone poisoned to such a level of hatred facing a happy ending. Prisons, hospitals and mortuaries are filled with people who did not manage their anger.
Remember, hatred is like a deadly poison ... it only works if you drink it.
Hence, why not follow the advice of Jesus Christ, "... And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors..." Forgive your enemies, otherwise, besides being poisoned by hatred, you will miss the opportunity to receive God's forgiveness. If a person does not forgive you, that is one thing, but if God does not forgive you, then it is a different story.
In case you have been drinking this deadly poison and want to change, but do not know how or do not have the strength to do so, then you will urgently need God's help. Call our helpline number or visit one of our UCKG churches to start working on coaching your mind to make decisions, not your heart. The heart will never forgive anyone because it feeds on emotions, but the mind, yes, feeds on intelligence, on an intelligent faith which helps you to make the right decision.
God bless you all