Forgiving For Your Own Sake - Part 2

October 7, 2008

So many times people don’t want to forgive because they want to take revenge. They feel that they need to get even. The Bible calls this unforgiving spirit, bitterness, and bitterness is an acid that destroys its container.

If you are right with God and somebody sins against you and you say, “I am going to get even,” then what are you doing? You are lowering yourself. You come to their level when you get even.

Why not just continue to hate?  Because hate will boomerang on you. It is an acid that will destroy you. Not only do you forgive an individual for their sake, but you forgive an individual for your sake.

Now, that is very hard for our human nature if somebody has truly hurt us. You see, human nature doesn’t want to let people off the hook, but what we need to understand is that there is someone else on the hook. When you forgive, you set a prisoner free and that prisoner is you.

Matthew 6:14-15 says, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Adrian Rogers

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