By Rick L. King
November 27, 2012
Have you ever had unresolved issues in your life? Did you know that they can cost you in ways you never counted on? Have you needed to be healed or a situation change and you seem to not be seeing the results? This could be the reason for the delay.
Paul told us to forget those things which are behind in Philippians 3:13. There is a very good reason that we were told this. Jesus tells us that we must forgive if we are to be forgiven (Luke 6:37). Have you ever heard a person say that they forgave a person yet would never forget? This is not very scriptural or Christ-like. When God forgives he forgets. He throws our sin as far as the east is from the west. He remembers them no more. Yet when we get offended we often seem to have a hard time forgetting. We say we forgive them but do we really? If we really forgive, then we must forget about it. It should not keep coming up in our conversation when we are talking about someone (if talking about someone we need to be talking the good and not the bad as the Holy Spirit told me talking the bad gives place to the devil). We must consider Paulís statement that we are to forget those things which are behind. This is what God does and if we are in Christ then we should be doing the same thing as it is supposed to be Christ living in us and not us. Us is supposed to be crucified or put to death. When we hold on it just shows that it is not Jesus living in us but it is still us.
The Bible tells us to not give place to the devil (Ephesians 4:27). When we hold on to an offense and we do not forgive and forget we give place to the devil in our life. If we are not doing what God says then we are doing what the devil desires and giving place to him. There is really no middle ground. What did the devil come to do? He came to kill steal and destroy. When we give place to him then in some manner this is what he will do in our life. We now have given legal ground for him to steal, kill, or destroy in our life. One big area is that our prayers may be hindered. We may find that we canít get answers for financial problems or for healing in our bodies.
Jesus said in:
Mt 9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
Mt 9:5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?
Jesus knew the root cause of the palsy. The person had sinned. The sin had given place to the devil and brought on the palsy. Once the sin was dealt with the person was healed. How often do we hold on to an offense and we end up having physical problems as a result? It is not worth it. Yes a person may have wronged you but to not forgive and forget can cost you in ways that hopefully eventually you will realize is just not worth it. These issues left unresolved can and will bring on things in your life that you had really never considered or want to pay. We forget sometimes that we all sin and come short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23). Sin is sin. Whether it is us or another person that sins it is still sin. There is not one sin worse than the other. Sin is sin. The other person sinning is not worse than us sinning. Sin is sin. God forgives us our sin, so we must learn to be as Jesus and forgive others. We must let go of all past. We must forget those things which are behind to go forward. We cannot take them with us on our journey with Jesus. They will just weight our spirit down so that we cannot soar with the Lord. If you have unresolved issues you need to go to the Lord and get directions on how to solve them. Resolved issues may just bring healing to your body and many other areas of your life. Jesus came to set us free. Freedom is far better than holding a grudge or offense. I have learned to be really careful and not take on an offense no matter what was done or not done to me. I have learned the cost is too great to justify allowing these in my life. I would rather walk free in Jesus.