"When Jesus paid for you with His blood, He bought everything. He owns your memories, your present days, and your future plans. He owns your past sins and your eternal future. There is nothing that is not under His blood.
"Some of you walk in the sins of others that have harmed you long ago. Why do you do that, when they have been made powerless by the work of the cross? You now have the right, the command, and the power to forgive anyone and everyone who has done you harm.
"Choose to forgive and I will heal you. Walk in forgiveness and I will set you free. Choose to love as Jesus loves and no one can ever harm you again. Allow Jesus to love through you and you will have an eternal impact on others - even those who hate you - just as He did."
2 Chr. 7:14 NIV
"...if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
Isaiah 30:21 NIV
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying "This is the way; walk in it."
John 13:33-34 NIV
33) "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
34) All men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another."
I Cor. 7:23 AMP
You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.
Gal. 5:13 AMP
For you, brethren, were [indeed] called to freedom; only [do not let your] freedom be an incentive to your flesh and an opportunity or excuse [for selfishness], but through love you should serve one another.
I Pe 4:8 AMP
Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others].
How can we say that we follow Jesus, the One Who gave His life so that each of us can be forgiven, and not forgive those who have harmed us? The root sin of unforgiveness is pride. Because that is rarely recognized, it is never really dealt with as such; and we evade submitting the root sin to the total Lordship of Jesus Christ.
I Will Remain in Charge - the Antithesis of Submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ
Anyone harboring unforgiveness toward another has, in essence, determined to hold that sin (real or imagined) over that person and has chosen to be the "lord" of that incident or grieving situation. The dominance and control exercised by the unforgiving party denies all that was promised to God when he/she committed to the Lordship of Jesus in all areas. This area, therefore, remains under the dominance of Satan. Pride caused him to be expelled from the presence of God, and he is delighted when we follow his lead in any area of our lives.
If God has forgiven the person who has offended you but you won't, are you not telling Him that your position is loftier than His? In light of the truth, that's not possible, is it? What do you need to do at this point? God demands that we forgive if we desire to be truly free. He even shows us, in Luke's account of the crucifixion, that Jesus forgave all those who harmed Him; and also the repentant thief just before he died. We must do the same.
Unforgiveness, although often deeply masked by wounds, scars, and self-pity, is one of the greatest causes of weakness in the body of Christ and it will cripple any attempt to draw close to the Lord if left unconfessed. Once this main stronghold is acknowledged and confessed, a tide of healings and freedoms are able to surface and it can be brought under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Help me to forgive as I have been forgiven, Lord,