A Vital Ingredient…

There is one ingredient that is required in order to have a happy and fulfilling marriage—long term…

Forgiveness

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. – Matthew 6:14-15

Unforgiveness means; unrelenting, unyielding, not allowing for carelessness or weakness, blame, condemn, charge.

The opposite of unforgiveness is; forgive, pardon, excuse, reprieve, cease to feel resentment.

This is one of those Scriptures we like to bypass. We don’t like to spend too much time examining it. It makes us very uncomfortable. We all have had our share of forgiveness battles. We have all been wronged on some level–some more than others.

We seem to like hanging onto our anger and unforgiveness. We even make excuses for holding onto them. Unfortunately, none of our reasoning’s can change the infallible, uncompromising, authoritive Word of the The Almighty. Jesus makes it crystal clear: Forgive and be forgiven. Do not forgive and you will not be forgiven.

It’s more that John 3:16 and 1John 1:9, dear sisters. It’s about being obedient and giving the same as we need. Why should we be pardoned if we will not pardon another’s offense? We must take the words of Jesus VERY seriously. We must develop a forgiving heart and release our hurts and anger to Him. We must learn to obey this command. If we do not, then we are playing a game that does not have a happy ending.

Application: We are NEVER hurting the offender when we harbor unforgiveness, we are ONLY hurting ourselves!

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