FIRE BY NIGHT
“Reflections Upon Reflections” [of The Father’s Heart]
….”You, in Your great compassion, did not forsake them in the wilderness; The pillar of cloud did not leave them by day, to guide them on their way, or the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go”…. Nehemiah 9:19 NASB
THE IMPORTANCE OF FORGIVENESS
[PART 2 OF 4]
WE HAVE NO RIGHT WHATSOEVER TO HOLD UNFORGIVENESS REGARDLESS OF WHAT WAS SAID OR DONE
Words of prophecy:
* One gaining a “revelation” of, first of all, the EXTREME importance of “forgiveness” and, then, the need to “actively” walk it out in Love [regardless of what was done to them] is a certain catalyst [and necessity] for one entering into the “fullness” of their Kingdom-position and destiny.
….”When Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, ‘Perhaps now Joseph will hate us and will pay us back for all the evil we did to him’. And they sent a messenger to Joseph, saying, ‘Your father commanded before he died, saying, So shall you say to Joseph: Forgive [take up and away all resentment and all claim to requital concerning], I pray you now, the trespass of your brothers and their sin, for they did evil to you. Now, we pray you, forgive the trespass of the servants of your father’s God’. And Joseph wept when they spoke thus to him. Then his brothers went and fell down before him, saying, ‘See, we are your servants [your slaves]’! And Joseph said to them, ‘Fear not; for am I in the place of God? [Vengeance is His, not mine.] As for you, you thought evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring about that many people should be kept alive, as they are this day'”…. Genesis 50:15-20 The Amplified Translation
….”If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained”…. John 20:23 NASB
We can do little to prevent those committing an offense against us at times apart from prayer and, if necessary, temporary separation from the offending “vessel”, but the real key to any situation involving our call to forgive is to first acknowledge God by separating ourselves unto Him and “hashing and thrashing” any bad thoughts or feelings we might have before Him in the light of His Word. By doing this we shall “allow” God to expose any ground in us [ouch!] that desires to hold or maintain unforgivness.
At times, this can be a painful experience but as we are faithful to acknowledge God in our time of turmoil He is faithful to deal perfectly with whatever needs to be dealt with, and I can assure you that it shall not be too long before our “love” – both towards the Father and the offending party[ies] – shall begin to reap great dividends for both the Church and the Kingdom.
Holding to ANY form of unforgivness is very, very, gratifying to the soul-life [it “feels” good to the “flesh”] but, in reality, if you strip it down to the bare roots, by “maintaining” unforgiveness of any kind we set ourselves in the place of God as Judge and, in doing so, deny the precious Blood of Jesus – and this is a very serious sin against the Throne of God.
Stubbornly holding to “unforgiveness” is rebellion and lawlessness at its highest form “in the child of God” for we are “equipped” by the love abiding within us to forgive even unto death – the death of the Cross – and so for us to “exercise” hatred against “anyone” [flesh and blood] denies the most gracious and merciful [loving] act of the Father toward us in that He sent His Son to die for us while we were yet sinners. We have no right whatsoever to hold unforgiveness regardless of what was said or done to us!
In truth, most times it is just simply a matter of laying aside our “ugly” feelings and wounded pride, and exercising the necessary diligence to obey the command to bring “every” thought [and word] captive to the Word of God [love obedience]. In the face of an attack by a “spirit of unforgiveness” we must at all times “speak” only those words that release the force of love through us to [or “towards” – if face to face is not a present option] the offending party – regardless of how we may “feel” at the time. For it is only in our diligence and obedience and diligence to these things that will continually “allow” the Holy Spirit to shed the love of God abroad in our heart. And, as we are faithful in this matter of keeping the Word of God before our eyes and in our ears, we shall “surely” overcome gloriously. Ultimately, the “feelings” [strong emotions] that may have plagued us, and attempted to provoke us to sin against our fellow man will come in line sometimes sooner, sometimes later – but they will come in line if we do not allow ourselves to grow weary and faint! I once heard a man of God say, “Things don’t just happen – ever”!
Every time a situation arises in our life that provokes our peace we must immediately realize that whatever has happened [or is happening] is from Satan and he has a specific plan to disrupt our walk with the Lord. Secondly, [and this is where the church has fallen far short of God’s provision for the most part] we need to immediately begin to exercise faith [which works only through love] in the portion of God’s Word [that is both accurate and absolute] which states, “our struggle [battle] is not [NEVER] against flesh and blood”.
In other words, we must continually “allow” the Holy Spirit [through the guarding of our own heart with ALL diligence], to empower us with a continually deeper revelation of the reality of the call on each and every one of us to love one another at “all” times – and at “all” cost to ourselves. Once one exercises their will in this matter of “refusing” to hold to ANY unforgiveness [from the past or the present] it is certain that they will – without fail – enter into the fullness of the perfect liberty that is theirs, in Christ. One of the spontaneous fruits of this perfect liberty is the continual and unhindered flow of God’s love to all who cross their path. Truly, the world will know that we are “Christians” by our great love – and by our great love, alone, in this final hour.