I Love You, Brother.
Brother Copeland, some time ago I was deeply hurt by another Christian. Ive tried to forgive, yet every time I see that person, I still feel angry and resentful. Will I ever be able to truly forgive? Ive been asked that question many times. And the answer is, Yes, you can, and you must! Unforgiveness is downright dangerous. It will make your spirit feeble and your prayers ineffective. It will pull the plug on your faith so completely that you wont have enough power to move the molehills in your lifemuch less the mountains. In Mark 11, Jesus didnt say, When you stand praying, try to forgive or When you stand praying, forgive if you can. He simply said, Forgive. Period. Jesus made forgiveness a command. It would be unjust for Him to command us to do something we couldnt do. So you can be sure its within your power to obey His command and forgiveno matter how badly youve been wronged. Most people dont realize it, but unforgiveness is actually a form of fear. Quite often we dont forgive because were afraid of getting hurt again. Were afraid were never going to recover from the damage that person has done to our lives. If you want to freely forgive, get rid of those fears. Cleanse yourself from them by the washing of water by the word (Ephesians 5:26). Fill your mind and heart with promises of God that apply to your situation. If youll do that, I can assure you from my own experience, your feelings will change. It may not happen overnight…but it will happen. One of these days, almost without thinking, youll throw your arms around that person, give him a big hug and say, I love you, Brother. Whats more, youll mean it from the bottom of your heart. Genesis 40-41; Matthew 22 I forgive those whom I have anything against so that my prayers are not hindered. Mark 11:25
Scripture Study: Luke 6:27-36, 17:3-4