BE REFRESHED: How To Forgive & To Unblock Your Blessings
SISTERS, do you know the power of forgiveness? Better yet, do you know the destructive nature of unforgiveness? God wants us to release old hurts and wounds in order to find a fresh, renewed life through Jesus Christ. Read our post and the scriptures below; refresh your soul by choosing forgiveness.
A few days ago, I’d heard a word in my spirit. I thought this word was God’s way of telling me to read more about this topic, or to discuss it with those who may have a deeper understanding of it, or maybe even to write about it in my journal. I soon realized, however, that God required something of me which was much deeper and much greater.
I realized that the word which God had spoken to me was actually the thing which was holding me back in my life. What He really wanted me to do was to pray about it.
“I’VE BEEN ‘BUKED…”
Like so many of us, I’d been wronged in the workplace. I’d also been hurt by friends and by family members. I was disappointed by the conditions in my community and in the world. I was frustrated by the repeated injustices of by-gone eras, with no justice or solutions in sight for the future.
I didn’t realize it, but I’d been internalizing these things: and yes, I was angry. But God was now telling me that it was time to address it; that word He’d placed in my spirit was unforgiveness.
“SPEAK TO THIS MOUNTAIN”
Unforgiveness, fear, bitterness, cynicism, vengeance: these are tools which the enemy uses to infect us, to destroy our peace of mind, to inspire ungodly actions and agendas, and eventually, to destroy our souls.
Unforgiveness blocks our blessings, our good health, our mental clarity, our wisdom, our ability to hear God’s voice. It keeps us enslaved to the people or things which have caused us pain. What we don’t realize though is that forgiveness is not a sign of weakness: but a sign of strength. Forgiving those who hurt us leaves them right in God’s hands, and places us beyond the pain. Forgiveness is actually for us, because without it, God cannot bless us.
GOD REQUIRES US TO FORGIVE
Jesus stresses the importance of forgiveness when He asks us to forgive in the Lord’s Prayer. In Matthew 6:12 (ESV), Jesus says, “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” And in Mark 11:25 (ESV): “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
The Bible points to many other scriptures which reflect the importance of forgiving:
- Matthew 5:8 (ESV) – Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
- Matthew 12:31-32 (ESV) – Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
- Mark 11:22-25 (NIV) “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins
- Luke 6:27-28 (NKJV) – “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.
- Luke 6:37 – “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
- Romans 12:17-21 (NKJV) 17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have[a] regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
- Ephesians 4:26, 27, 31, 32 (ESV) – Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 32 and give no opportunity to the devil. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
- 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 (ESV) – We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete
- Hebrews 12:14 (ESV) – “Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.”
Therefore: If unforgiveness is slavery, then forgiveness is freedom.
REPENTANCE AND FAITH GIVE US FREEDOM
To be blessed; to be free to walk into the powerful life which God has created for us, we must open our hearts to forgiveness, and renew our faith in Jesus Christ.
I come before you today to lay unforgiveness at your feet. With the sacrifice of your Son, Jesus Christ, You’ve paid the price for my sins and there is no need for me to carry them in my heart and in my soul any longer. Therefore, I thank you for creating in me a clean heart; and for washing me clean of my sins. I thank you for breaking the shackles of bondage and for removing from me the hurt and pain of my past. You allow me to walk, in the freedom and liberty of your Holy Spirit, protected from my enemies, into the purpose and the future you’ve ordained for me. Today, my heart and my soul are cleansed: and I decree and declare that I am free indeed, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior,
After praying, meditating on the scriptures, and searching my soul, I realized that, in order to receive God’s blessings and to show my love for Him, I needed to also change my response to the things that cause me pain. Confronting my roots of bitterness required repentance. But releasing old wounds which were not mine to bear has now given me new life.
I am now refreshed; free to walk into my future in Christ.