Monday, September 14.
Why do we have such a hard time extending forgiveness to others? Perhaps one reason is that it doesn’t seem right. Justice demands that there be repayment or punishment for wrongdoing. However, we are not the ones who have the authority to retaliate. To do so amounts to usurping God’s role, which is just as sinful as what was done to us.
This ungodly attitude is evident in the hearts of many—sadly, including Christians. So let’s uncover the dark truth behind it. This destructive landmine of unforgiveness demonstrates an unwillingness to extend to others the forgiveness the Lord has graciously extended to us (Ephesians 4:32).
It plants a root of bitterness in our heart, which poisons us, causes trouble, and defiles others (Hebrews 12:15). Hinders God’s sanctifying process in our life, because we grieve the Spirit by holding onto anger, resentment, or vengeance (Ephesians 4:30).
Memory verse: Ephesians 4:30.
“When boiled down to its essence, unforgiveness is Hatred,” John R. Rice