Unforgiveness (Part 5)
Then Peter came to Him and said, 'Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?'
Jesus said to him, 'I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. Therefore the kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, 'Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.
But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe!' So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?' And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.
So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.
Matthew 18:21-35 (NKJV)
Unforgiveness brings torture to your life: torture worse than any crime committed against you. Torture that endures. Torture that remembers. Torture that prevents the restoration and rewards God has in Mind for you.
I plead with you to search out the demon of unforgiveness. Search him out and cast him away. I don't know who you need to forgive or why, but I ask God to reveal past pains--even if they're old, hard or lurking deep inside. Then forgive. Say it out loud. Follow up this confession of faith however God leads you.
Because forgiveness is a confession of faith: faith that God is the perfect Judge Who will make all things right. If a bad feeling or thought against anyone returns to your heart or head, cast it away again:
'Unforgiveness, be gone like the demon you are. I forgive everyone who ever harmed me, because Jesus commands me to forgive. Because Jesus forgives me and Jesus defeated you. Therein, I command you, unforgiveness, to leave my presence by the power of His Holy Name: Jesus, the King of kings, the only righteous Judge.'
Say it one hundred times if necessary, one thousand times if needed--until this demon leaves you completely and God fills every hurt place with love. Then stand in amazement as God's blessings, restoration and rewards chase you down and overtake you.
'Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning' (Psalm 30:5)... if you forgive.
To Be Continued...
For additional comfort and to confirm God's ultimate justice system, read Psalm 37: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2037&version=NIV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Unforgiveness series.