Most all of us like getting promoted, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But sometimes we fail tests in certain areas that keep us from getting promoted.
Areas like forgiveness.
If someone has hurt you, don’t spend the next 10 years of your life hurting yourself by hanging on to that offense. Most likely, that other person isn’t even thinking about you, while you dwell on the incident for years. That only hurts one person—you.
You see, when you forgive someone, you are helping yourself.
To help you understand the importance of forgiveness, here are six ways to detect unforgiveness in your own heart. Once exposed, you’ll be one step closer to your personal promotion from God.
1) Unforgiveness always keeps score.
In Luke 15:29, the elder brother of the prodigal son said, “Look! These many years I have served you.” Peter wanted to know how many times he had to forgive someone. Unforgiveness is always looking at the score. But 1 Corinthians 13:5 says, Love takes no account…. It doesn’t count up the evil done to it.
Back in the early days, when Dave and I were fussing and fuming at each other, I would bring up stuff that happened years before and Dave would say, “Where do you keep all that stuff?” Well, I had a place, and it was all in there eating at me. And every new thing Dave did wrong would get added to this list, and it kept growing until it became a bitter giant in my heart.
2) Unforgiveness always boasts of its own record.
In Luke 15:29, the older brother of the prodigal son says “These many years I have never done wrong.” Judgment always says that I always do good and others do bad. An unforgiving spirit keeps us from God’s best for us.
3) Unforgiveness always complains.
“You never do anything for me.” Ever catch yourself thinking that about someone? This attitude only sees what others aren’t doing and doesn’t see what they are doing. God’s Word clearly shows that we’re not supposed to complain. And if you’re continuously using your mouth to complain about some incident of offense, you won’t get past it. Don’t waste time by complaining.
To be continued…………..