Scripture & Verse On Forgiveness (Jolie)

Scripture & Verse On Forgiveness (Jolie)

 “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'” (Matt. 18:21-22).
“… looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled” (Heb. 12:15).
“For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity” (Acts 8:23).

Heavenly Father, forgiveness and bitterness are gigantic issues that we cannot ignore. You told Peter that we must forgive someone 490 times. It’s not likely that one individual will offend us that many times. But the point is that we must forgive EVERY time. Even if someone repeatedly hurts us – we must forgive!
Lord, many of us have unforgiveness and we don’t even know it’s still in our hearts. And You said, Lord, that if we don’t forgive people – we won’t be forgiven by the Father (Matt. 6:15). That’s a terrifying thought! We can’t afford to not forgive! It’s too costly! God, it could literally cost us our eternity!

Lord, we “say” we’ve forgiven what’s been done to us. But have we? Do we find ourselves quickly getting angry at or about “that” person when their name comes up? Do we seem to feel cold or callous towards them – even when we find out they’ve come upon misfortune or tragedy? Maybe we’re even glad to hear of their misfortune? Lord, some of us were hurt, offended, betrayed or abused by someone so long ago, that we try to shove it back into our past and pretend it doesn’t hurt anymore. But the problem with any form of unforgiveness is that it can turn into bitterness, as the second and third verses discuss. Bitterness is a root that develops over time when we don’t forgive. If we remain in our state of unforgiveness, hurt, offense or anger – it will fester and become bitterness. And a root of bitterness, as it states in the Hebrews verse – causes trouble and defiles many! When we have bitterness – it affects others in the way we speak with them, the way we treat them, the way we respond to situations from day to day. A root of bitterness can grow deep into the soil of our hearts and is difficult to pull up! Bitterness poisons us! Poison is a substance that can cause illness or death. And the poison of bitterness can indeed cause illness or death – emotional, spiritual AND physical. For indeed, a root of bitterness can literally make us physically sick if we don’t uproot it!

Lord, we don’t want to be defiled by bitterness and poisoned by it. But bitterness cannot be uprooted from us until we fully forgive. So right now, Lord, we choose to forgive!

If we have been hurt, abused, or abandoned by our mom, dad, or both, or other family: WE FORGIVE THEM!

If we have been hurt, betrayed or slandered by people we thought we could trust: WE FORGIVE THEM!

If we have been wrongfully accused, lied or gossiped about: WE FORGIVE THEM!

If we have been rejected by a parent, a spouse, family member, friend, employer, and so on: WE FORGIVE THEM!

If we have been taken advantage of or used by others: WE FORGIVE THEM!

If we have been deeply hurt by our children: WE FORGIVE THEM!

If we have been offended, misled, misunderstood, judged or wrongfully treated by people in the Church: WE FORGIVE THEM!

If we have been deceived, mistreated or unappreciated by family members, friends or our employers: WE FORGIVE THEM!

 Lord God, in ANY and EVERY area where we have unforgiveness – PLEASE open our eyes and show us! Revisit our pasts with us if necessary – to deal with it completely! Bitterness cannot be uprooted from us until we fully forgive. And Lord, some of us hurt so badly (or have shoved the hurt so far down into our souls) – that we truly don’t know how to forgive and let it go. Please help us, Lord! We need Your help. We WANT to forgive and be healed. We don’t want the poison (which causes illness and death) of a root of bitterness. Set us free, Lord. Teach us how to forgive and daily WALK in forgiveness towards ALL. And we thank You, Lord, that You will help us as we seek You. In Jesus’s most awesome name, amen.

 

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