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Can you think of a conflict in your past that remains unforgiven?

 

When people wound us, it's easy for bitterness to creep into our hearts if we are not careful. Far too often, we ignore the Bible's wisdom and seek out destructive means for justice.

 

But understand, when your mind is consumed with resentment, it is fertile soil for the enemy. He amplifies your anger by saying, " You've been hurt; it's all right to be upset. Keep punishing that person in your heart, it's what they deserves." And as long as you allow Satan's bitter, unforgiving message, you will continue to sink into the mire of self-pity and bondage.

 

But friend, that is not Jesus' desire for you, which is why He always commands you to forgive. You are not punishing the offender or holding him accountable. You are only hurting yourself. It is you who have been prisoner all along.

 

Therefore, if you are holding grudges against people, loose the chains of anger that bind you to them. Forgive them and find freedom. And do what is said in the Bible scripture Luke 17:4 - Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”

 

In His presence.... find freedom through forgiveness.

Comments

TexasLynn Added Nov 2, 2018 - 9:49am
Great biblical thought Mr. Koval!
 
As Christians we should consider the volume of forgiveness and grace we have received, and the price paid for it.  If the One who paid the price and forgave our debt asks us to do the same for those who have wronged us, how can we refuse?
 
Jesus gave us the parable of the king who wanted to settle a debt of ten thousand bags of gold with a servant.  The man could not pay, and the king canceled the debt out of kindness and mercy.  That servant then left and demanded his debtor to repay a hundred silver coins.  When he could not, the servant had him thrown in prison.  When the king heard of this he called his servant back, reinstated the debt, and threw him in jail.
 
The message is clear that each of us is the servant with the un-payable canceled debt (by the King of kings).  Though a debt so large will never be owed us, we are to forgive the pittances our brothers and sister incur. 
 
"This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart." -- Matthew 18:21-35
  
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Maybe the resident atheists will take this message to heart and forgive you for posting something concerning your faith... and spare us the cookie-cutting attacks on Christianity; or better yet, comment on the actual content of the post.
 
Jesus also said to love and pray for our enemies... so we've got our own work cut out for us. :)
Marty Koval Added Nov 2, 2018 - 1:36pm
TexasLynn:
 
Prayer is our most important tool. It's our communion with God and it's our way to show love to people who hate us, which is seen Luke 6:27-28 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
 
Our Lord Himself commands us to pray for those who do not believe, even when their unbelief leads them to hate us for our belief, which is seen in Matthew 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
 
In our prayers for unbelievers, we are reminded that they, too, are the children of God, and that their conversion would only increase the angels joy, which is seen in Job 38:7 - while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?
FacePalm Added Nov 2, 2018 - 5:16pm
All this is good advice, Marty, but when someone says, pityingly, "i will pray for you," this is not often received well, and it shouldn't be.
 
Christ teaches us that when we pray, we are to go into our closets, in secret, and Our Father who sees in secret will later reward us openly.  Those who utter the "i will pray for you" line are often doing little more than showing contempt for their opponent, in what psychologists call a "passive-aggressive" way.  It doesn't cost a thing for us to refrain from saying anything at all which could be misinterpreted, and Our Father will hear us when we pray just fine, without any of the baggage attendant upon publicly proclaiming what we will do for our enemies/opponents..."like the hypocrites do," who have received all the reward they will ever get.
Jeff Jackson Added Nov 2, 2018 - 6:03pm
Great piece, Mr. Koval. But I am also concerned that if we allow the bullies to run roughshod over us, do we simply hope that God will take care of it? I'm all for forgiving, but forgetting only places me back into the naive believer that everyone will be as nice to me as I have been to them. I sincerely believe that God wants us to address the unfair here on earth, because to allow them to prevail only encourages more of the same to the innocent. Doesn't God give us the strength and opportunity to stop the wicked, before they injure more of God's people? Just asking.
Marty Koval Added Nov 2, 2018 - 9:34pm
Jeff Jackson:
 
Moral evil is caused by our sinfulness and rebellion against God. It is the result of ignoring the Ten Commandments, which are listed in Exodus 20:1-17 and Jesus' command to "Love your neighbor as yourself", which is stated in James 2:8 and Romans 13:9.
 
Murder, aggression, terrorism, violence, theft, greed, bribery, hatred, racism, discrimination, revenge, lying, deceit, slander, gossip, adultery, rape and other sexual immorality are examples of moral evils
 
God gives all of us the free will to choose between good or evil, and many choose to follow the ways of evil, which is seen in James 1:13-15
 
Unfortunately, when some people choose the path of evil, others may suffer as a result. However, in eternity, the righteous will be rewarded and the evildoers will be punished, which are seen in the following scripture:
 
Luke 16:19-31 - “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.  “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’  “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family,  for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’  “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.
 
Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
Jesus said He did not come to eliminate evil from the world, but so that the kingdom of God can grow amid the evil of the world until the time when all evil is destroyed. Which is seen in Matthew 10:34-36, 13:24-30, and 13:36-43.
 
We cannot eliminate all evil in the world, but we can and should do our best to minimize the suffering it causes, which are seen in the following scripture: Matthew 5:7, Acts 20:35, Matthew 25:31-46, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, Ephesians 4:32, 1 John 3:17-18.
 
Although God may sometimes use physical evils to accomplish His purposes, the Bible says that God does not cause sin or moral evils, which is seen in the following scripture: James 1:13-15, 1 John 3:2-6, 2 Thessalonians 3:3.
 
Jesus said the cause of sin is within the human mind.
FacePalm Added Nov 2, 2018 - 9:49pm
Marty-
Here's what spoke to me:
"As ye would have others do unto you, do also unto them."
 
Now, suppose i'm a psychopath, routinely kidnapping, torturing, and murdering women.  Most of such as these, when caught, say "What took you so long?"  IOW, if i were a psychopath of that nature, a secret part of me would be screaming, as did Jim Carrey in "The Mask, "SOMEbody, STOP me!"
 
So if someone was posing an immediate deadly threat to me or my loved ones(whether friends or family), i should not hesitate to stop such a one...just as in the case of the dad with two children in your other thread.
 
Now, if possible, i'd shoot to wound, not kill; the object would be to disable and isolate(jail) to prevent any further injury to myself or loved ones, but if necessary, kill; i have little doubt i'd be forgiven, eventually, for i would have been "laying my life down for my brethren," the "no greater love" passage.
Jeff Jackson Added Nov 2, 2018 - 11:07pm
I think God understands that certain things must be done to correct the evils of this world. We couldn't allow Hitler to take over the world, as he surely would have. Perhaps our winning and Hitler losing was, in fact, God's will.
Ward Tipton Added Nov 2, 2018 - 11:59pm
"Christ teaches us that when we pray, we are to go into our closets, in secret, and Our Father who sees in secret will later reward us openly.  Those who utter the "i will pray for you" line are often doing little more than showing contempt for their opponent, in what psychologists call a "passive-aggressive" way."
 
Lest we become like the Pharisees and Sadduces, receiving our reward in full in the here and now. 
 
"I am also concerned that if we allow the bullies to run roughshod over us, do we simply hope that God will take care of it?"
 
God has rightfully noted through the Christ that when it is time to take up the sword, we should have our swords ... think Peter when he chopped off the ear of the guard who had come to arrest the Christ. However, we must be certain in my humble opinion ... as I do not propose to speak for God ... that we only raise the sword in defense of the righteous, and not in the defense of this current system of the world as ruled by Satan and Humanity, relatively free and absent of God. (See references in Job and Peter to see where Satan was walking in "His Realm" and where "The leader of this world is coming for me")
 
 
Stone-Eater Added Nov 3, 2018 - 6:47am
Is "god" on the side of countries which have the goal of ruling the whole world ? Which make wars for the purpose of power and resources and don't care for other people although these others are also children of "god", but may believe in another "god", which is, in essence, the same "god" ?
TexasLynn Added Nov 3, 2018 - 7:15am
I am loathe to place God on the side of any nation.  I suspect he is on the side of certain nations and directions at certain times and against nations and directions at other times.  He was with the nation of Israel when the nation of Israel was with Him.  So that is the question citizens should ask themselves; not is God with us (a nation) but rather are we with God?
 
It is very a PC and worldly message that we are all trying to get to the same place, we're just all getting there a different path.  Another way of putting that is "which is, in essence, the same 'god'".  Nothing could be further from the truth; various faiths are not equal.  For example, Allah is not the "same" God worshiped by Jews and Christians.  One need only study just a little (at text and fruits of the faith)... to realize that.
 
Christ did not say "I am one of the ways to god, I sure hope you choose me".  He said "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
 
All of humanity is God's Children; and he desires reconciliation with all through Christ; but (from a Christian perspective) be clear, HE/Christ is the only way to do that.
 
This upsets many atheists, who see this "inclusive" philosophy as "Can't we all just get along".  We can, but pretending a lie is the truth is not the way to do it.
Dino Manalis Added Nov 3, 2018 - 7:52am
 Enough with hatred!  Time to move on and make progress!
Stone-Eater Added Nov 3, 2018 - 8:07am
Another way of putting that is "which is, in essence, the same 'god'".  Nothing could be further from the truth; various faiths are not equal. 
 
The essence is the same. I don't speak of Jesus but of "god", that's a difference. The imagination that there is all-encompassing power called "god" that created the planet is present in Islam and Christianity.
 
The basic educational aspects are the same as well "Thou shalt not kill" as the simplest one for example. Islam roots in Christianity. I don't want to go into details such as how and why interpretations of religious philosphies differ due to worldly power lusts and people control, but to me the basic message of all religions is the same: BE GOOD.
 
All religions are educational methods. Rewards and punishment. As parents teach their kids. There's no more than that, and that was the intention  of all religions right from the start.
FacePalm Added Nov 3, 2018 - 8:18am
SE-
i believe that the US missed a golden opportunity at the end of WW2; had Americans been more enlightened, they could have insisted that the US Congress offer countries now in the EU an opportunity to become additional States of the United States, protected by the precepts of our Constitution.
 
But the globalists certainly didn't want THAT.  Best i can tell, such as these wish to impress upon every nation that there IS no God, ergo there are no such things as Unalienable Rights...and in fact, would PREFER that everyone adopt the "secularist" view that their rights are dependent upon the mercurial whims of human governments...and are willing to take ANY measures necessary to impose that bondage upon those in their orbit...e.g. the intent of Brussels to impose an EU Army to carry out their demands in re: Africanizing Europe with mostly muslims of fighting age.  How did Macron put it?  Eurafrica, or some such nonsense?
Stone-Eater Added Nov 3, 2018 - 8:40am
Face
 
offer countries now in the EU an opportunity to become additional States of the United States, protected by the precepts of our Constitution.
 
I don't know how other European countries would have reacted to that, but it would be nonsense seeing the geography, and we in Switzerland would have refused anyway, since we have a system without president, and we see daily that it was a very good idea from the start not to have one.
 
Africanizing Europe with mostly muslims of fighting age.
 
You have to be more specific. The Africans you speak of are Maghrebinians, which means Northern Africans of Arab descent (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Eritrea) and people from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan. These are not Black Africans. There I agree - we don't need and want them unless they BEHAVE and live AS WE DO. If not, fuck off.
 
Black Africans are no problem. But people often see skin color as the main ingredient of trouble....,.
 
 
Stone-Eater Added Nov 3, 2018 - 8:49am
BTW:
 
everyone adopt the "secularist" view that their rights are dependent upon the mercurial whims of human governments
 
Of course. Reality has to decide actions, not unspoken, unwritten and unheard words. And humans ARE reality, therefore it's on them to set up rules and let them be followed.
 
Rights ? The only rights which count are the ones of the ones with power and wealth. The rest is blather. Who else would have the power to put them into effect ? The bum from across the street ? The voter ? It's unfortunate, but that's also reality.
Mircea Negres Added Nov 3, 2018 - 10:23am
Mr. Koval, there are quite a lot of conflicts from my past that remain unforgiven. In fact, some grudges go back 35 years and the reason they remain unresolved is because I was prevented from sorting them out. The way I see it, justice is like an equation and the books must balance. It may take a day, year or decade, but it has to be done. If society doesn't do it, then it has no claim against those who decide to do the balancing themselves. Anger that's pent up for a long time does no good for the person carrying it, but neither does forgiveness given without restitution of equilibrium. In other words, if somebody murders your child, execute him first, then forgive him and move on with your life, but not before, or evil will just perpetuate unchecked.  Nevertheless, it is hard to forgive even when things get straightened out by the book, and I have a lot of respect for those who can do it. Nice post, sir.
 
Doug Plumb Added Nov 3, 2018 - 12:00pm
There is a certain wisdom associated with the idea of forgiveness. It mitigates the spread of evil. If you have done something wrong and remain unforgiven, even though you are truly repentent, you are frustrated and angry and more likely to sin again.
  Everything is practical in the NT, and its all deductions of the common law.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 3, 2018 - 12:48pm
Doug
 
Yep. I think we should be able to forgive Hitler, Stalin, Mao and in a near future, the MIC and people like John Bolton their sins. They can't help it, and by forgiving them any criminal actions like war or planning thereof against humanity, it will prevent them to do it again.
 
*sigh*
FacePalm Added Nov 3, 2018 - 12:56pm
SE-
If your reading list isn't already too long, i'd recommend a read of Thomas Paine's "The Rights of Man."
 
Know rights, or no rights.
 
i agree that Switzerland would likely not have accepted an offer like that from the US; in fact, i think America was actually DESIGNED to be like Switzerland(especially the citizen-soldier idea), as well as the Washington recommendation, that this country "trade with all; make alliances with none," but Americans didn't listen.
 
Glad you agree that immigrants should conform themselves to the countries the settle in, not attempt to bring the crappy cultures they fled from with them, then foment that shit on their neighbors whether they like it or not, so as to turn their new country into the same shithole they left.
 
That is a form of "jihad," as well, if you're unaware; to infiltrate a country, vote as a bloc, get in positions of power, then eventually implement Shar'ia and enforce the Jizyat.
 
From my observation, muslims just LOVE religious freedom and tolerance - well, until they hold the reins of power.  Then, you get "Convert, be our slaves, or die" as your "choices."
Stone-Eater Added Nov 3, 2018 - 1:22pm
Face
 
That is a form of "jihad," as well, if you're unaware; to infiltrate a country, vote as a bloc, get in positions of power, then eventually implement Shar'ia and enforce the Jizyat.
 
Weapons of mass migration ;-)
 
If your reading list isn't already too long, i'd recommend a read of Thomas Paine's
 
I think you understand that my interest as a European/African person (the first by birth, the second by honor) does not go as deep as to read US constitutional or general essays and books which date back a couple of hundred years. However I think or hope your hint
 
If your reading list isn't already too long,
 
is meant to be ironical (pardon me for sometimes not interpreting the English language perfectly) ;-)
 
...but Wiki (pardon me) says that Thomas Payne had, to my view, some good ideas. And I understand that "god" played its part in it too - I mean this was the 18th century, not today.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 3, 2018 - 1:23pm
in fact, i think America was actually DESIGNED to be like Switzerland(especially the citizen-soldier idea), as well as the Washington recommendation, that this country "trade with all; make alliances with none," but Americans didn't listen.
 
Thanks.
FacePalm Added Nov 3, 2018 - 1:50pm
You're welcome.
The writings of most of the founding fathers of this country contain a great deal of wisdom still applicable today.
 
As to Paine, some say he was an atheist.  i don't know about that.  i have quite a few of his quotes saved, and none reference a Higher Power, so maybe.
 
One of my favorite citations of his goes like this, and is still quite appropriate today:
 
"A Constitution is NOT the act of a government, but of a People CONSTITUTING a government, and a government without a constitution is power without a right.
All power exercised over a nation must has some beginning.  It must either be delegated, or assumed. 
All delegated power is trust; all assumed power is usurpation."
 
Usurpation is one of the High Crimes the Constitution refers to, but best i can tell, although many thousands of representatives, presidents, and judges have routinely grabbed powers the Constitution does NOT authorize them to have, no one yet has been called to account for their crimes - well, at least not in THIS life...not YET.  i'm still hopeful.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 3, 2018 - 1:56pm
A Constitution is NOT the act of a government, but of a People CONSTITUTING a government
 
Sounds quite right. As we Swiss say: The last vote on ANYTHING concerning our country has to be with the people. That's why we're neither in the EU nor NATO. We like independence. Seen that way, we're some kind of libertarians (as we'd probably would be called in the US).
Marty Koval Added Nov 3, 2018 - 2:13pm
Stone-Eater
 
America was actually designed around the Bible scripture Isaiah 33:22.
 
At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, James Madison proposed the plan to divide the central government into three branches. He discovered this model of government from the Perfect Governor, as he read the Bible scripture Isaiah 33:22 - 22 For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us.
 
The LORD is our judge - Judicial system (Supreme and regional).
The LORD is our lawgiver - Legislative system (Congress).
The LORD is our king - President
 
I am not stating that the USA must be a Christian nation, because God gives all people the free will to believe or not believe in the Almighty God. Many of the founding fathers of America were Christians and relied on the Bible to give them wisdom in setting up the government and managing their own lives.
 
When you look back over the 242 years as a nation, America has been Blessed by the Almighty God because of its Christian roots.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 3, 2018 - 5:35pm
Marty
 
America has been Blessed by the Almighty God because of its Christian roots.
 
I hope for you that "god" will too honor the trouble that your nation has brought upon the world in the last decades. Sorry.
Jeff Michka Added Nov 3, 2018 - 6:30pm
Another "Hail Geezus article from a rightist "faithful."  What about "God is Love," Koval?  "Get rid of those migrants," "Let the Other starve and live without healthcare."  "Get those kids away from their parents!"  You looped ol TraitorLynn into your Geezus garbage.  Of course, Traitor just simply loves Geezus.  Your "sky guy" fixation/excuses are showing.
Johnny Fever Added Nov 4, 2018 - 5:15am
Correct me if I'm misunderstanding your message, but are you suggesting we forgive all convicts and release them from jail?  
Marty Koval Added Nov 4, 2018 - 8:20am
Johnny Fever:
 
Forgiveness is a choice we make. It is a decision of our will, motivated by obedience to God and his command to forgive. The Bible instructs us to forgive as the Lord forgave us.
 
Since forgiveness goes against our nature, we must forgive by faith, whether we feel like it or not. We must trust God to do the work in us that needs to be done so that our forgiveness will be complete.
 
When you forgive someone for doing something bad to you or another person, does not mean that person will be freed from their Judicial punishment. The person who did a wrong, will still face the consequences of their bad choices.
 
When you choose to forgive, you are allowing growth in every area of your life. Your relationships  grow, your relationship with Jesus grows ; and you as a person will grow. And you will experience what is said in Galatians 5:22-23 -22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
 
FacePalm Added Nov 4, 2018 - 11:16am
Unforgiveness allows the one who wronged you to rent space in your head, too.
Revenge fantasies(or worse, plots, or worse yet, actions taken) just keep one trapped in that mindset and set off a new cycle IAW "As ye sow, so shall ye reap."
Love is freeing. So is understanding, insight, compassion, generosity, and, of course, forgiveness.  Exercising the former often leads to peace, without which true spiritual advancement cannot proceed - but preparatory to peace is humility and appreciation/thanksgiving.
 
i have heard it said - and believe it to be true - that if you were only allowed to pray two words, "Thank you" would suffice.
 
What has helped me is to understand that those who have wronged you already know that they did wrong - and IAW the principles, oft repeated, by Christ (as well as confirmation from those who've had NDE's and later related their experiences), the ones who have hurt you will often, post-mortem, have their souls sent back into time and into your body, so they might feel EXACTLY what you felt when you were wronged...because that's perfect justice.