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What 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 selfishness debt through the blood of Jesus Christ. The master gets very angry if you don’t show the same level of love and forgiveness to others. Not forgiving others will put you in the jail of rationalizing your behavior by making excuses to not love and 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.
The master gives you the keys to get out of jail: a loving, thankful and grateful heart. HE wants you to love and forgive others from your heart. When you love as God has loved you, the image and likeness of God lives in and through you. Praise and thanksgiving will come out of your mouth.
We are made in God’s image of Love. When we demonstrate love and forgiveness, we manifest the nature of Holy Spirit living in us.
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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