Forgiveness: God’s Antidote to Bitterness – Part II

Forgiveness

Last week we shared how forgiveness can be hard when someone causes pain and hurt through words or actions. But we learned that when we walk in forgiveness, we prevent the enemy from polluting our hearts and minds with bitterness, anger, and rage. We cannot live out of our emotions and feelings, we must choose to forgive as Christ has forgiven us. Through renewing our minds in Christ it will give us the power to overcome unforgiveness. This week we are going to dive into the second part of antidote.

Prayer is key in order for God to heal and strengthen our hearts. When we pray, allow the Holy Spirit to pray (pray in tongues) through regarding the offense and our inability to forgive. Allow Him to intercede and He will supply what is lacking in our faith. “So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance…the Spirit intercedes and pleads [before God] in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God’s will” (Romans 8:26-27 AMP). By allowing the Holy Spirit to lead, all things will work together for our good. Our Father, the giver of peace, is able to “Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will…” (Hebrews 13:21 AMP).

Today we can enjoy the blessings and liberation that result from forgiving those who persecute us. There’s power in forgiving! People who forgive are healthier and happier than those who hold grudges, because their thoughts and imaginations are no longer trapped in weighty emotions that build a wall between them and our Father. Additionally, forgiveness liberates us from sin that leads to fear and other physical and psychiatric problems. We no longer have to be on the defensive or frozen in our past. Just as important, forgiveness frees us to be more effective as a single parent and in the work our Father has called us to do.

Don’t be surprised or ashamed if others see forgiveness as weakness; our Father sees it as strength! When we stand in forgiveness, His grace is at work.  We are exhibiting the love of our Father spread abroad in our hearts; we become a master of our emotions. When love prevails, we are filled with our Father’s thoughts – His way of doing things. 

Pray this prayer:

Father, thank You for Your Son, Jesus, who died so that our sins might be forgiven. By faith we believe that You have imparted life – Your capacity to forgive. So, today, we cast all our cares upon You. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we crucify the appetites and desires of our flesh. We cast down every thought and imagination that does not honor You. We thank You that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Today, we choose to forgive, because we are forgiven; we let go of all bitterness, wrath, anger, and evil speaking, and put on love. We know that You are the healer of broken hearts and that You can heal us and give peace. We choose to think on whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of a good report (see Philippians 4:8). In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

 

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