THE SILENT KILLER

Unforgiveness is the single most popular poison that the
enemy uses against God’s people, and it is one of the
deadliest poisons a person can take spiritually. It causes
everything from mental depression, to health problems such
as cancer and arthritis. I’m not saying that in every single
case of cancer, it is due to unforgiveness, but I am saying that
it can cause cancer. Cancer comes from the devil, scientist
can’t explain it, doctors don’t understand where it comes
from; it’s the symptoms of a curse. God allowed the Israelites
to face diseases and sickness when they disobeyed Him (Deut
28:58-61), and when they would turn back to Him, He would
heal their land and take sickness from their midst (Exodus
23:25, Deut 7:15). In the New Testament, Jesus gave us two
commandments (Matthew 22:37-40), and if we break those,
we can be opened up to curses, just as the people in the Old
Testament were. Jesus never came to abolish the law
(Matthew 5:17), but He did come to set us free from the curse
of the law (Galatians 3:13), meaning, Jesus paid the price so
we can be set free from any curses we may have come under.
Two commandments given to us by God
Matthew 22:37-40, “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the
Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with
all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And
the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as
thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the
prophets.”
Jesus gave us very important commandments to follow; one
of them was to love one another, as He has loved us (John
15:12). Love is the exact opposite of unforgiveness, envy,
jealousy, hate, pride and bitterness. You can’t truly love
somebody and hold bitterness or unforgiveness against him or
her at the same time.
Our responsibility to forgive others
God sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins, so that we may be
reconciled to Him, without spot or blemish. He asks that we
give others the same forgiveness that paid for us. He tells a
parable in Matthew 18:23-35 that says the same thing:
“Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain
king, which would take account of his servants. And when he
had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed
him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to
pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and
children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The
servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord,
have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of
that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him,
and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and
found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred
pence: and he laid hands on him, and took [him] by the throat,
saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell
down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience
with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went
and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when
his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry,
and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his
lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou
wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou
desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion
on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord
was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should
pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly
Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not
every one his brother their trespasses.”
Unforgiveness shows we don’t really love Jesus
In John 15:12, Jesus commands us to love one another, as
He has loved us. True love doesn’t hold bitterness or
unforgiveness against that person. If we are bitter or hold
unforgiveness against somebody, then we don’t love them as
Christ loved us. If we don’t keep Jesus’ commandments, then
it proves we don’t love Him.
John 14:24, “He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings…”
Unforgiveness prevents God from forgiving our sins
Matthew 6:15, “But if ye forgive not men their trespasses,
neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Unforgiveness opens us up to the tormentors (the devil)
Matthew 18:23-35, “Therefore is the kingdom of heaven
likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his
servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought
unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But
forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to
be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and
payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and
worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I
will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved
with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
But the same servant went out, and found one of his
fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid
hands on him, and took [him] by the throat, saying, Pay me
that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet,
and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will
pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into
prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants
saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told
unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he
had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I
forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy
fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was
wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors , till he should pay
all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly
Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not
every one his brother their trespasses.”
Unforgiveness can block God from answering our prayers
Mark 11:24, 25, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever
ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye
shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye
have ought (something) against any: that your Father also
which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Matthew 7:7, 12, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye
shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you… Therefore
all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do
ye even so to them…”
John 15:5, 10 tells us that if we abide in Christ, we will
produce much spiritual fruit, and the way that we abide in
Christ is by keeping His commandments. Verse 12 tells us
that His commandment is to love one another as He has
loved us. Verse 7 tells us that if we abide in Him (by keeping
His commandments), and His Word in us, we can ask for
anything and it will be given onto us! The reason a lot of
people’s prayers go unanswered, is because they aren’t
keeping the commandments that Jesus gave us; therefore
they aren’t abiding in Christ’s love, and if we aren’t abiding in
Christ’s love, how can we expect Him to hear our prayers?
Unforgiveness can defile a person
Hebrews 12:15, “…lest any root of bitterness springing up
trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.”
Notice at the end it says, “many be defiled.” This is a VERY
common, if not one of the most common everyday things that
defile people! Many bondages can be shed when a person
forgives those who have wronged him or her.
Unforgiveness can give Satan an advantage
2 Corinthians 2:10-11, “To whom ye forgive any thing, I
forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for
your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan
should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his
devices.”
Unforgiveness can keep a person out of heaven
Matthew 7:12, 21, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would
that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is
the law and the prophets… Not every one that saith unto me,
Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that
doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”
1 John 3:14, “We know that we have passed from death unto
life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his
brother abideth in death .”
Unforgiveness can prevent us from being fruitful spiritually
John 15:5 tells us that if we abide in Christ, we will produce
much spiritual fruit, and the way that we abide in Christ is by
keeping His commandments (verse 10). Verse 12 tells us that
His commandment is that we love one another as He has
loved us. Therefore, if we don’t love one another, as He has
loved us, then we do not abide in Him, and how are we
suppose to produce much spiritual fruit if we don’t abide in
Him? According to verse 6, the branch that doesn’t abide in
the vine will be cast into the fire.
Unforgiveness can open us up to curses
When people in the Old Testament disobeyed God’s
commandments, it opened them up to curses (Deut 27:26).
When people nowadays disobey God, it can do the same thing;
it can open them up to curses. Curses can cause mental and
emotional problems (Deut 28:28), physical problems (Deut
28:35, 60, 61), financial problems (Deut 28:17, 38, 43), divorce
and unfaithful spouse (Deut 28:30, 56), emotional stress (Deut
28:34), childlessness (Lev 20:21), and that’s not all, plus
those curses can be handed down to your future generations
(Exodus 20:5).
The blessings of forgiveness
When we forgive, it opens us up to God’s forgiveness
(Matthew 6:15), it puts us in a receiving position when we
pray (Mark 11:24, 25), it helps us become spiritually fruitful
(John 15:10, 12, 5), and we will know that we have passed
from spiritual death to being reconciled with our heavenly
Father when we love each other (1 John 3:14)! When we keep
God’s commandments and love one another, we prove that we
love Jesus (John 14:21), and we abide in Christ’s love (John
15:10)! What a magnificent blessing forgiveness really is!!!

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