“But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.” (1 John 2:11)
Has someone offended you before? Or are you bitter towards someone? One of the most dangerous sins that can take us out of fellowship with God is unforgiveness. Unforgiveness plunges you into spiritual darkness.
One day, a brother did something to me that made me very unhappy. For some reason, I decided to cool off but remained cordial.
After this incident, I had a vision. I had been taken away from the presence of God and locked up in a cell with hardened criminals. The jailer said to me, “You are here because you did not forgive brother so and so. For that reason, you have been removed from the presence of God.” I could not believe it! I begged for forgiveness and pledged to take away every bitterness from my heart. Then and only then was I released.
Most of us take the initial stance I took when we are offended. We say, “I have forgiven him but he doesn’t have to be my friend.” This kind of forgiveness is mental but in the depths of our hearts, we harbour bitterness.
We must go the extra mile to love those who hate us because unforgiveness can damage our fellowship with God.
If you have not spoken to your wife for days, now is the time to bring the glory back! If you have something against your parents, forgive them and entertain the Holy Spirit! Are you bitter towards your boss who does not like you? Forgive him and restore your relationship with God!
Forgive today whoever has offended you, and stay connected to God!
By Kakra Baiden