DRAFT: Release From Bondage

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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.