Unforgiveness, The Devil’s Powerhouse

Pastor Tony Butler (365-5511)

Prattville Alliance Church

 

*       “Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift before the altar, and go your way.  First, be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”  Matthew 5:23, 24

*       “Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you of your trespasses”  Mark 11:25, 26

 

            Do you profess to be a Christian?  Is there anyone you know who has something against you, or is there any unforgiveness that you hold against another?  If so, the devil wants to congratulate you for being one of his servants I helping him to undermine the Kingdom of God.  I know you may be thinking, “Who is he to say something like that?  He doesn’t have all the facts.  He doesn’t understand why I responded the way I did.”  You are right; I may not have all the facts, and He has specifically told us what to do regardless of the circumstances surrounding the offense.

            Sometime ago, I had to deal with a situation where one had become offended toward another, because of hurt feelings.  Up until the time of the hurt, they got along great, and accepted one another’s flaws.  After the hurt, one of them decided to start making a list against the other in order to justify their criticism to others about the one who caused the hurt.  As I was talking to this person, it was interesting to me, as he criticized the other party, that there was no mention of the original offense that caused the hurt, which resulted in the list of criticisms.  As a result of disobedience, something very precious came close to being destroyed.  Praise God that both parties finally came together to discuss their problems in truth and in love.  As strange as it may seem, God’s Word turned out to be true, the problem was settled, and the glory of God came pouring in.

            I believe we would see the same thing in our churches if God’s people would obey Him in the verses above.  Are you a true servant of God?  Do you profess that you really love Him?  If so, why do you call Him Lord, and do not the things that He says?  I know confrontation and humility doesn’t come easy in the flesh, but we can do all things through Christ.

            Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart.  Go to your brother if he has something against you, or if you have something against Him.  Let not the sun go down on your wrath, but be kind to one another, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake, has forgiven you.  If you refuse to do it, your allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ is in suspect.  Most assuredly, you are wearing one of the devil’s medals for sowing discord among the brethren, which is one of the seven deadly sins that God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19).

            Do what is right according to the Word of God, and watch the glory of God come in and heal His saints, and destroy the works of the devil.