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Expose Unforgiveness and Enjoy Your Life!

Joyce Meyer (5)

Everything God asks us to do is for our benefit. And obedience to God is the key to living and enjoying the abundant life Jesus offers. It’s not enough to just know what God says in His Word—if we don’t put it into practice, it doesn’t do us any good. This includes the practice of forgiveness.

We all get hurt sometimes and have to deal with offenses. And if we don’t deal with those offenses and just stuff them down inside our heart, we can think we’re okay but really, the hurt is still there—it’s just hiding. I know from personal experience that you can have unforgiveness in your heart and not even realize it’s there.

I remember years ago when I was in church and the preacher said he was going to talk about forgiving others. When he said that, I smugly thought, “I don’t need this.” But then the Lord spoke to my heart and said, “Yes, you do.”

By the time the teaching was over, He showed me two people I was angry with. It was quite a revelation because I honestly wasn’t even aware that I was angry with them. I also realized that my unforgiveness toward these people was affecting my relationships with them.

You see, people around you can feel anger and unforgiveness that show in your body language and attitude, even when you are not consciously thinking about it. And if you are holding on to a bitter grudge, you are going to be miserable.

Proverbs 4:23 (AMP) says, “Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.” God has given us the responsibility of guarding our heart and dealing with any unforgiveness. He will give us His grace to be able to forgive, but we have to make the choice to do it. The first step is searching your heart.

If you’re carrying around the hurt and anger of grudges and unforgiveness, do yourself a favor and let them go. Don’t do it for those who have hurt you. Do it for yourself so that you can enjoy life!

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