Matthew 19:8 (AMP) He said to them, Because of the hardness (stubbornness and perversity) of your hearts Moses permitted you to dismiss and repudiate and divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been so [ordained].
A hard heart is full of bitterness instead of blessing. Bitterness will ruin relationships and be a blockage in your heart toward others.
Bitterness comes from holding unforgiveness for past injustices, real or imagined, as well as physical, mental, or verbal abuse.
Time stops for those who will not forgive. Life ceases to move forward from the moment a person withholds forgiveness for wrongs done.
Forgiveness, like love, is a choice, not an emotion. We choose to love the one we are going to marry. We enter into a covenant commitment for life as a choice, not a feeling.
If we choose to hold a debt from a relationship, it becomes a curse to us.
Blessing, means to hold no record of wrongs. To walk in the blessing of God demands that we forgive. We must forgive if we want to be forgiven. The Lord told us to pray this way:
Matthew 6:12 (KJV) And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Luke 11:4 (KJV) And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
Then, He tells us that if we confess our sins He will forgive us.
1 John 1:9 (KJV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Christ blessed those who crucified Him and even said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34 NKJV).
Let’s realize that people “do not know what they do” and that they need forgiveness just as much as we do.
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