Our roadblock from getting complete victory in our Christian life is our inability to forgive. I do not believe in psychology (man being God) but I do know that not being able to forgive does open up the Christian to things of the world. How can that be? When a Christian feels they don’t have to forgive, it opens up a thought process that leads a Christian to think of worldly things such as vengeance and hate.
Christians choose to ‘walk’ in unforgiveness instead of pardoning the transgressor. If a Christian were to look inward they would see that unforgiveness starts in their own heart. We are very good at pointing fingers at those that have done wrong to us but we can’t seem to forgive ourselves. If you can’t forgive yourself, how can you forgive another?
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
At Calvary, YOU were pardoned for YOUR transgressions, no one else’s.
“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back.”
Forgiveness is part of the unselfishness of the Believer. I have better days than others just like everyone else. But I notice my stinkin’ thinkin’ gets worse toward others that have transgressed against me when I am not studying and praying like I should.
“But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.”
Being Christ-like is tough, I know. Forgiving AND pardoning the transgressor is harder. But it is what we are all called to do. And learn to forgive yourself; Jesus forgave you so why do you hold it against yourself when He doesn’t?
Forgive. It will set you free.