I am going to keep this real simple today. If you arevharboring resentment, bitterness, and anger towards anyone and I do me anyone, it’s time to let it go, exonerate or pardoned that person(s). In my sprirtual opinion, unforgiveness is one of those below the radar sins that go undetected for many years. Jesus was clear as crystal with His command in Matthew 6:14; “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.”
God’s recipe for forgiveness also includes you forgiving others and let me add that you must not forget to forgive yourself! I love what former atheist C.S. Lewis said, “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”
You might be thinking that you can’t excuse the offense, infraction, or indiscretion and this is your reason why you refuse to forgive. Well let’s be clear, a.) forgiving others is a black and white command and b.) forgiveness does mean that you excuse the pain. However, C.S. Lewis offers an additional thought for you to consider or deliberate; “Forgiveness doesn’t mean excusing. It does mean that you must make every effort to kill every taste of resentment [anger and bitterness] in your own heart.”
You never know, God might just be waiting on you to release someone’s debt before He releases a blessing you have been praying for Him to grant.
If any of this message applies to you and your situation I invite you to call, text, inbox, or meet that person that you have incarcerated and let that person(s) know that you forgive them no matter the size of the offense. If you can’t or you don’t feel comfortable reaching out then simple forgive them in your heart and in lift up that situation in prayer and guarantee you that God will always honor a contrite spirit!
“Harboring unforgiveness [resentment, bitterness or anger] is a heart condition that only true forgiveness can heal!!” Lowell Pinnock