I read the posted Word Compilation on Forgiveness this morning, and rediscovered a few truths:
Do you remember the first thing I said after I had instructed My disciples in how to pray? It had to do with forgiveness: “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” (Mat.6:14,15). I spoke much about forgiveness during My ministry there on Earth. I won’t go into it here, but it would do you good to study what the Bible says about forgiving those whom you feel have wronged you or used you or hurt you. The common thread throughout is the fact that if you don’t forgive others, God can’t forgive you. Think about that for a moment and let it sink in.
As well, how can you expect others to forgive you when you have not forgiven those who have trespassed against you? Why carry that extra weight and burden around and continue to open up the bag and dig out all the ugliness contained therein, and allow it to continually besmirch your spirit? Reliving in your mind and heart all the bad and wrong things people have done to you does not help you progress spiritually. It keeps you stagnated spiritually. It prevents you from moving on and going on to greater victories. It leads to bitterness and discontentment, and it can bleed over into other areas of your life as well. It stunts your spiritual growth. Good fruit cannot come from continuing to hang on to your hurts and grudges and constantly dwelling on them. They must be forsaken if you expect to make any significant spiritual progress.
Rest assured that great victories are waiting for you as you continue to do the humble thing and forgive others, as they have forgiven you. (End of message.) (Maria #651, GN 1041a:115, 118, 121)
If we don’t let go of the hurts and pain that others have caused us, and really and truly forgive them; and if we dwell on these hurts, or voice them to others, our spirits cannot grow. Sounds like the equivalent to hard drugs in the physical world. It may keep you on a high to have this misery, and company as well. But the damage it can do to a growing spirit. Mama has said that she felt one of the greatest blocks to unity in our Family is the lack of willingness to forgive. Because, as Lewis B. Smedes has written:
We all muddle our way through a world where even well-meaning people hurt each other. When we invest ourselves in deep personal relationships, we often open ourselves to hurt.
We’re certainly not immune to a hurtful comment or deed or even several repeated deeds, even though we love the Lord and each other dearly, and live the Law of Love. We’re just human like everyone else and just as susceptible to mental and emotional attacks from our brethren, but I agree with how Smedes continues:
Forgiveness is God’s invention for coming to terms with a world in which, despite their best intentions, people are unfair to each other and hurt each other deeply. He began by forgiving us. And He invites us all to forgive each other.
Gandhi was right: If we all live by “an eye for an eye” the whole world will be blind. The only way out is forgiveness.
We may love to be right and miserable in the same. But, as difficult and complex as it may be for us to let go of past hurts and grudges, the Lord has said:
If you have had prayer to be able to forgive those who have wronged you and you are still struggling and battling with it, please don’t get discouraged. Continue to do what you can and I will do the rest, and give you complete spiritual healing.
Spiritual healing sounds good.
I want to forgive you, and I pray that you can find it in your heart to forgive me too.