What happens when we don’t forgive?

I want to have a look at the Lord’s prayer, and more importantly, the two following verses. Matthew 6:9-15.

The Lord has led me through His word, and by personal interaction on a journey in my own life to forgive others, and at times it can be very hard. Things happened to me as a child that should never happen to any child, that was a burden on my soul which was difficult to carry, but harder to let go of, but my God and saviour led me through His righteousness to a place of forgiveness, it was then that I was able to give my burden, my shame, hurt, sorrow, anger and bitterness over and into His hands for permanent disposal, and I haven’t looked back since, only up with continual praise for God in my heart.

Today 14/08/2018, I want to have a look at the Lord’s prayer, and more importantly, the two following verses. Matthew 6:9-15.

Vs 9, In this manner you should pray, this is the basic formula when you pray to the Father in the name Of Jesus, if you notice a pattern throughout the new testament, that is Jesus always says to pray to the Father in His name, nowhere does Jesus say to pray to Him.
Next part of the verse, Our Father who is in Heaven, Hallowed be your name, God in heaven, Holy is Your Name, worthy of all praise and honour, Name above all names, God of all gods, to You goes all the glory.

Vs 10, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as in Heaven, Lord let your name be known throughout the Earth and let your Kingdom have more dominion in every heart every day, and Lord let your Holy Spirit flood the Earth and let Your will be known in every heart that knows you, and in everyone who calls on your Name for salvation throughout this your Kingdom so that it might be here as it is in Heaven.

Vs 11, Give us this day our daily bread, let the bread of life enrich our spirits as our minds are renewed by the washing of Your word as we read, remember and recite your word, and as we hear your word let our faith be strengthened, Your word says that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God, it also says that your Word is life to our spirits and health to our flesh.

Vs 12, and forgive us our debts (sins) AS we forgive our debtors (those who sin against us), think of the parable of the wicked servant Matthew 24:45-51, read it and think about how it relates to this passage, after you have read this discourse through.

Vs 13, and lead us not into temptation, the Lord will only tempt you to do good, He will put choices before you, which way you turn will depend on you, and He will allow you to be tempted be the world and Satan, but never beyond your ability to resist, if you get to weak He will help you get out, but you have to take His hand when He reaches out to you.
But deliver us from the evil one, deliver us from the power of Satan, the accuser of the brethren, the deceiver of nations, that dragon of old, the serpent in the garden, the hungry lion, God will always answer your call for help, as His word says, ‘who so ever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’, not may be saved, or perhaps if God is not too busy, WILL be saved.
Yours is the Kingdom (on Earth and in Heaven), the power, the omnipotent power of God, the God who saves, the God who gives life to ALL, the uncreated God of all of creation, and the Glory, the everlasting unquenchable Glory of God the fills all who believe in Him to be seen by all of the spiritual host, forever, from time at the beginning to time immortal with the Lord in His eternal kingdom. Amen. So be it according to your word.

Vs 14, now comes the condition God put on your entry into Heaven,
For IF you forgive those who sin against you, your Heavenly Father WILL also forgive you, the word if is sets a condition on what follows in the rest of the sentence.
BUT (this should get your attention) BUT if you do not forgive those who sin against you, your Heavenly Father WILL NOT forgive you. This should scare the wits out of you if you have not forgiven anyone who has done anything wrong to you, even if it is only in your imagination, because if you do not forgive, in other words if you treat the work on the cross as being worthless because of your pride and arrogance by not applying the same grace that God showed to you before you were even conceived, then YOUR choice to refuse to forgive and thereby make the sacrifice of Christ as being worthless and not applying to another person, YOU WILL NOT BE FORGIVEN, and if you are not forgiven then you cannot be in God’s presence, because God cannot be in the presence of sin, and unforgiveness, which may be equal to blasphemy of the Holy Spirit by calling the work of the Holy Spirit ineffective by you choice, then think on this very carefully, YOU WILL NEVER SEE HEAVEN, YOU WILL NEVER BE HEALED AND NO PRAYER OF YOURS WILL EVER BE ANSWERED. God will not forgive those who do not, will not and refuse to forgive others, God offered the ultimate sacrifice on the cross to pay for all of your sins, it was and is the greatest act of forgiveness, refusing to forgive removes the work of the cross from your life, you stand separated from God, alone and unforgivable, until you choose to let go of your pride and forgive whoever has upset you in even the slightest way, even if someone has done the worst thing possible to you, you must forgive and leave the one who hurt you in God’s hands, and if they do not repent, then they have a problem with God, and God will dispense His justice, two short passages say ‘touch not the Lord’s anointed’ and another says ‘vengeance is mine says the Lord’. If any justice is to be dispensed it is for the Lord to Dispense, if you hold a grudge you only hurt yourself, as a quote said some time ago, holding a grudge (unforgiveness) against another person is like drinking poison and hoping the other person will die, guess what, you only harm yourself by separating yourself from God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness. Think about it very carefully and read the parable.

, this is the basic formula when we pray to the Father in the name of Jesus, there is a pattern throughout the new testament, that is Jesus always says to pray to the Father in His name, nowhere does Jesus say to pray to Him.

Next part of the verse, our Father who is in Heaven, Hallowed is your name, God in heaven, Holy is Your Name, worthy of all praise and honour, Name above all names, God of all gods, to You goes all the glory.

Vs 10, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven: Lord let your name be known throughout the Earth and let your Kingdom have more dominion in every heart every day, and Lord let your Holy Spirit flood the Earth and let Your will be known in every heart that knows you, and in everyone who calls on your Name for salvation throughout this, your Kingdom so that it might be here as it is in Heaven.

Vs 11, Give us this day our daily bread: Let the bread of life enrich our spirits as our minds are renewed by the washing of Your word as we read, remember and recite your word, and as we hear your word let our faith be strengthened, Your word says that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God, it also says that your Word is life to our spirits and health to our flesh.

Vs 12, and forgive us our debts (sins) AS we forgive our debtors (those who sin against us): Think of the parable of the wicked servant Matthew 24:45-51, read it and think about how it relates to this passage, after you have read this discourse through.

Vs 13, and lead us not into temptation: The Lord will only tempt you to do good, He will put choices before each of us, which way we turn will depend on the individual, and He will allow me to be tempted by the world and Satan, but never beyond my ability to resist, if I get too weak He will help me get out, but I have to take His hand when He reaches out.

But deliver us from the evil one: Deliver us from the power of Satan, the accuser of the brethren, the deceiver of nations, that dragon of old, the serpent in the garden, the hungry lion, God will always answer a call for help, as His word says, ‘who so ever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’, not may be saved, or perhaps if God is not too busy, WILL be saved.
Yours is the Kingdom (on Earth and in Heaven)

The power: The omnipotent power of God, the God who saves, the God who gives life to ALL, the uncreated God of all of creation.

The Glory: The everlasting unquenchable Glory of God that fills all who believe in Him, to be seen by all of the spiritual host,

Forever: From time at the beginning to time immorial with the Lord in His eternal kingdom.                               Amen: So be it according to your word.

Vs 14, now comes the condition God put on entry into Heaven,
For IF I  forgive those who sin against me, my Heavenly Father WILL also forgive me: The word IF sets a condition on what follows in the rest of the sentence.

BUT (this should get your attention) BUT if I do not forgive those who sin against , my Heavenly Father WILL NOT forgive me: This should scare the wits out of anyone, if I do not forgive anyone and everyone who has done anything wrong against me, even if it is only in my imagination.

If I choose not to forgive, in other words if anyone who calls themselves a Christian treats the work on the cross as being worthless because of pride and arrogance and by not applying the same grace that God showed to you before you were even conceived, then our choice to refuse to forgive and thereby make the sacrifice of Christ as being worthless and not applying to another person, YOU WILL NOT BE FORGIVEN.

If we are not forgiven then we cannot be in God’s presence, because God cannot be in the presence of sin, and unforgiveness, which may be equal to blasphemy of the Holy Spirit by calling the work of the Holy Spirit ineffective by our choice. Then we all need think on this very carefully, WE MAY NEVER SEE HEAVEN, YOU WE MAY NEVER BE HEALED AND OUR PRAYERS WILL NEVER BE ANSWERED. God will not forgive those who do not, will not and refuse to forgive others, God offered the ultimate sacrifice on the cross to pay for all of our sins.

It was, and is the greatest act of forgiveness, refusing to forgive removes the work of the cross from our lives, we stand separated from God, alone and unforgivable, until we choose to let go of our pride and forgive whoever has upset us in even the slightest way, even if someone has done the worst thing possible to any of us, we must forgive and leave the one who caused the harm in God’s hands, and if they do not repent, then they have a problem with God, and God will dispense His justice.

Two short passages in the book of Psalms say ‘touch not the Lord’s anointed’ and another says ‘vengeance is mine says the Lord’. If any justice is to be dispensed it is for the Lord to dispense, if I  hold a grudge I and only myself will be hurt, as a quote said some time ago, ‘holding a grudge (unforgiveness) against another person is like drinking poison and hoping the other person will die’, guess what, I only harm myself by separating myself from God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness. Think about it very carefully and read the parable.

Please think very carefully about the consequences of holding unforgiveness in your heart.

May God bless you, may He keep you safe in the palm of His hand and surround you with His unconditional love.

10 thoughts on “What happens when we don’t forgive?

  1. I think it is wonderful you are diving into scripture to help others understand. Here are some things you may want to consider. First, your paragraphs are really long. Breaking up your big paragraphs into smaller ones may be easier on readers.

    Be careful about voice tone. I think it is easy for us as bloggers to use the word “you” a lot. Trying to use it sparingly because it is very easy for us to sound passive aggressive and accusative to the reader. Even if what we are saying is true, telling someone how wrong they are is not going to get them to listen. Instead, work on including yourself more by saying “we.” And show examples of how you’ve struggled with the topic the scripture discusses. People need that connection.

    Even though this is a blog, it does feel like this is more of a Bible study. People tend to visit blogs that have a personal touch, a personal connection they can relate with. I also do bible studies and devotionals on my blog, and the bible study posts (especially when covering a few chapters out of the Bible) tend to have fewer comments, and a little less interaction from readers.

    I think part of it is because people do not want to feel lectured at or preached to all of the time. These may not be our intentions as bloggers but it helps to keep a key perspective of how do we sound to someone who is a stranger to us. They know nothing about us. Why should they care what we have to say?

    In your blog, show people why scripture is important to you. Show and explain what God has done in your own life. I see a lot of scholars try to start blogs and they struggle with lack of connection. People do not want to be taught all of the time. They want to be heard. Teach in a way people feel understood, that’s what Jesus did. And connect, show not only how you know something, but why God has shown you it is important.

    Follow other blogs and comment regularly. Engage yourself with the community, not only in writing but with your presence in the community.

    I hope this has been helpful!!!

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      1. Teaching is definitely gift and I don’t doubt you are wonderful at teaching. I think you need some softening to illustrations and relatiblity is all. When people feel heard, they listen better. 🙂

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      2. I’m not sure how you would want your posts to be categorized. But when you edit your document you will notice in the settings for the post you can decide if you want that post in a category (and you can create new categories there too). Categories should be general topics, not too specific. So a category for you would be Bible Study. If you had something that was more of a devotional you could make a devotional category. It is recommended not to add categories till you have at least 10-15 blog posts for that category.

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      3. Also, on my second blog I cover tons of stuff for new bloggers. Things you can do with your blog (customizing the look, adding pages, all options in the menu bar when you edit a post) and I am working on writing a post covering the options for post settings (categories is part of that). However, in your edit post you should see a blue circle with a question mark. If you click on that question mark and then type in category for the search you should get some options to help you with what you are looking for. That search bar is useful for other questions you may have related to blogging.

        If interested, here is a page I’ve made with all the topics on basic blogging I’ve made on my second blog .

        https://peekingfrombeneaththerock.wordpress.com/new-to-blogging-and-editing-your-blog/

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