What are the consequences of withholding forgiveness?

114x114-Repple-MinuteWhat are the consequences of withholding forgiveness?

Imprisonment and torture are the consequences for not showing mercy and forgiveness to others. If you don’t forgive, then your heavenly father will not forgive you. You will live in the jail and torment of your unforgiving mind. The master calls you “wicked.”

“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.” Matthew 18:32-35

God has cancelled all your debt of sin through HIS son Jesus Christ. The master gets very angry if you don’t show the same level of forgiveness to others. Not forgiving others will put you in the jail of rationalizing your behavior by making excuses to not forgive. You will be tortured in this jail of self-righteousness. Letting go and seeking to forgive will get you out of jail. The radiance of the Lord will show on your face. You are freed from the agony of non-forgiveness.

What do you owe the master? How do you pay back the master? The master gives you the keys to get out of jail: a thankful and grateful heart. HE wants you to forgive others from your heart. When you recognize and praise God for all HE has done for you, your worship and praise through your thankfulness and gratefulness will come out of your mouth.

We pay back the master by worshipping the Master. We show this worship by forgiving and loving others. Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.” John 15:12-17

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