But when we harbor unforgiveness we’re putting ourselves back in prison, back into the condition that we used to be in before we understood and appropriated the forgiveness and the debt canceling power of Jesus Christ.
And this next verse, verse 35, I’ll just be straight with you. I wish this verse was not in the Bible. I wish I could press the delete button. I wish I take some white out, you know, and take it out. It’s so convicting. It just messes me up. It’ll mess you up, too, when you listen to it. Here’s how Jesus summarized this story. And I’m sure at this point, Simon Peter goes, “Man, why did I bring this subject up?” You know what I’m saying?
Matthew 18:35, “‘This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”
This guy had received forgiveness, but he hadn’t really experienced forgiveness in the depth of his being. And because he hadn’t really experienced it, he couldn’t share it with others. I think we’ve all been in the same boat haven’t we? We’ve received it. “Yeah, I’ve received forgiveness from Jesus Christ.” But we’ve not really experienced it in the depth of our being. And because we haven’t really experienced it, we can’t really share it with others.
Here’s what the Bible is saying. It’s so plain, “If we harbor unforgiveness toward others, if we are leashed up to the resentment and the animosity and the pain, God’s coming after us.” The Bible says that. I wish it was not in here. But that’s what it said. God’s coming after us. In other words, we will live a life of torture. We will live on the treadmill of torture.© Copyright 2012 admin, All rights Reserved. Written For: Ed Young