We meet them every day, even on Sundays; men and women wandering around under torment and living in spiritual bondage. Oh, they sing, “It is well with my soul,” but it is obvious they are lying to themselves and to those around them. Their lives are a hidden mess, their marriages are broken, and no amount of self help gimmicks or coping mechanisms can hide the tragedy of their lives. They may be lonely in a crowd or a social butterfly, but the reality is the same; their life is filled with pain and inward torture.
Here is the promise Jesus gave to us detailing what will happen if we fail to forgive, from our heart, those who have wronged us. (Matt. 18:34-35, please read)
- We will be in prison until we pay the debt
- We will be turned over to the tormenters
Prison and torment. I don’t know about you, but I do not like either of these. Let us keep our hearts pure by appropriating the grace of God for the wrongs performed against us. (Heb.12:15) When we fail to forgive, we are sending ourselves to prison. I know many believers, in the pulpit and in the pew, who are being destroyed by their unwillingness to forgive. They are being destroyed by the powers of darkness (the tormenters) while they play all the ‘church games.’
Satan arms himself with our sin; he loves our unforgiveness. It affords him the opportunity to imprison and torment us. Also, if we fail to apply the grace of God, the unforgiveness will turn into bitterness and we’ll spread it to others. (Heb.12:15) The Lord takes sin seriously; so serious, He died on Calvary’s cross to free us from it’s power and destruction. Let us quickly run to Calvary the moment we sense our heart is harboring unforgiveness or bitterness toward anyone. Our liberty in Christ depends on it!
Because of Grace,