July Host’s Blog-Forgiveness

SICKNESS OR WELLNESS-LIFE OR DEATH

This month, I would like to share with you one of the most important lessons in the Scriptures. It has to do with “Forgiveness”. There are more people in dysfunctional relationships, sick or dead because they cannot get this one right. The person that you refuse to forgive is living it up but if you refuse to forgive, it is like worms working their destruction throughout the entire body until it finally destroys you. It always hurts the unforgiving more than the one you refuse to forgive. People carry hard feelings for years and sometimes they don’ t even recall why they are angry and unforgiving: remember the legendary feuding Hatfield and McCoy’s?

The following is an absolute truth as told me by a Southern Baptist Deacon back in 2008 at the Cordes Lakes, Arizona SBC. If he is still alive, you could contact the church for verification.

Our Deacon friend was in a business partnership with his brother. The business did quite well but our deacon found out his brother had siphoned off a large sum of money. The losing partner got extremely angry with the thieving brother. He got so angry that in time he developed more and more sickness and finally Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.) The crippling effects got worse and worse until he had to be carried from room to room and was totally helpless in every way. Then, came the insight that he really needed to forgive his brother unconditionally. The deacon got through to God and his brother and forsook the hard feelings and hatred built up in his heart.
When I met him, his M.S. was cured. He could walk without assistance and was in excellent health. I asked him to repeat the story several times because it was hard to believe the power of forgiveness in our lives. What a powerful lesson that was. Let the power of his story work its way into your mind.

Many of us are holding something against another person. Harsh words have been said. Perhaps , we were not even aware that we caused ill-will to the other person. Hurt feelings build into grudges and grudges into hatred and hatred can lead to murder. Haven’t you heard of some senseless killing over some insignificant upset, anger and then anger worked out into killing the offender. Evil words have been spoken and never made right. We offended someone. Someone was actually or was perceived to be offended or had their feelings hurt.

The Lord’s prayer Matthew 6:9-14 (with translator notes in brackets)
“Our Father (Greek denotes a close personal relationship).
in Heaven,
May your name be honored.
May your kingdom come,
May Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our debts, as we ourselves have forgiven our debtors.
Do not lead us into temptation. (Reference Note:“God tempts no one to sin,” James 1:23-15)
For if you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But, if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Peter asked the Lord: “How many times Lord should I forgive my brother? Seven? No.
seventy times seventy.”

No, the other person may not deserve forgiveness. Either way, deserving or not. You must forgive. Even when you think it was not your fault: apologize. Literally a life of sickness awaits those who refuse to forgive. Don’t let unforgiveness keep you from Heaven, it seems quite clear in the Scriptures.

 

 

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