Written by cycleguy on May 4th, 2022

OOPS! I messed up. I allowed time to get away from me. In my last post, which was a preview of this past Sunday’s sermon, I said I would share some thoughts from Sunday’s sermon on Philemon and the power of forgiveness. As I said, I allowed time to get away from me since I had planned on posting this Monday, the 2nd.  Well…better late than never I guess. 🙂

Here are four observations I made at the end of my message this past Sunday. I know it isn’t much but perhaps it might help with some perspective.

Failure to forgive imprisons  believers in their past. Unforgiveness keeps the sore open and never allows it to heal.  Hurt done to you and not dealt with is like having an open sore that always oozes pus.  You can put a band-aid over it but the sore never heals.  Ditto failing to forgive.

Failure to forgive produces bitterness. The longer you hold onto an offense committed against you, the more bitter you will get. Bitterness distorts your whole outlook on life.

Failure to forgive gives an open door to the enemy. He loves little cracks in the doorway. Ephesians 4 tells us not to give him a foothold.

Failure to forgive hinders fellowship with God. A barrier devel0ps as a result of bitterness.  Having a horizontal barrier is bad; having a vertical one is even worse. A thousand time worse. A person who is not forgiving of others cannot be right with God.

One last thing: I say this over and over to the church. If you fail to forgive someone, they own you. You are their slave. Sad part is this: your failure to forgive does not hurt them. They don’t care. It does, however, hurt you.

In my mind there is only one thing to do.


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. gail says:

    Get review Bill, thanks. Forgiveness and Grace, what a wonderful gift from Jesus. Passing that grace on even when someone doesn’t respond is such a freeing and awesome expression of our Father’s love. When I have had to forgive people in my life who didn’t respond, I felt like I got a wink from God, it was truly awesome. I will take God lifting me up, over harboring bitterness every time.

  2. Forgiving, and hopefully forgetting, the hurt someone has caused you is the way we need to go if we want to be in a right relationship with God.
    Blessings, Bill!

    • cycleguy says:

      You are so right Martha. So many miss out on that vital and exciting relationship because they won’t let things go.