This year, I will write about releasing people from the captivity of our hearts, thoughts, and deeds. We will not take the territory and walk in the abundance that God has for us with unforgiving ways and the roots that prevent progress because of it. Forgiveness is a a Decision! Love is a Decision! Commitment is a Decision! Many of us have allowed our emotions to dictate our walk in Christ.
Forgiveness is an area we need to all walk in as this part of the character of God. No matter if we feel “justified” in our unforgiving ways, we must walk in this freedom as well as free people from our hearts and minds as well as ourselves. When reading about forgiveness in Matthew 6:15 the Amplified version and the Amplified Classic version state many significant details
In the Amplified version we are to forgive because it feeds into building and nurturing hurt and anger which separates us or interferes with our relationship with God and within the text of the Amplified Classic the text acknowledges the reckless and intentional sin that the perpetrator trespassed and that we are to give up the resentment. Both text provide an awareness that we have to make a decision to let the offense go and that not doing so hinders or interferes with our relationship with God. No one is worth our relationship with God – not even ourselves. We even have to make decisions to forgive ourselves.
But if you do not forgive others [nurturing your hurt and anger with the result that it interferes with your relationship with God], then your Father will not forgive your trespasses.
But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.
The above text speaks to the attitudes and statements many of us allow ourselves to be deceived about. For example some of us make statements or have attitudes that hold people captive. We hold them as captive with the expectation for how they should pay ransom for their wrong.
We want them to jump through hoops or meet all these requirements to our expectations.
All the penalties we come up with in our hearts and minds for ransom. The requirements for us to forgive. They need to grovel like a dog, they need to do this and that. The issue is to forgive not based on what anyone does yet what God has done for you, me, and for us!
The deception of this nurtures roots of bitterness. Believe the word! The ransom – the idol we set above the Word of God to forgive is too high!
The penalty or payment will never be enough. If we’d look at it from the perspective from God’s love, we had a penalty and debt we could not pay. We could never have paid the debt yet through Jesus death, burial, and resurrection we are FREE. We are mandated to stop holding people captive and stop trying to ransom them out for what we perceived they’ve done.
Matthew 18:21 – 35 The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant speaks of someone that wanted and received grace and mercy yet could not share the same he had received.
I will just share the latter of the scriptures for further study and thought:
Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”