How many of us carry unforgiveness in our hearts? It may be a past offense someone committed against you or maybe it’s as fresh as this morning’s words over breakfast. It stole your appetite and replaced your hunger with acid reflux. It’s amazing to me how the mind can make our stomachs churn and our hearts burn. Some tend to hold onto offensive words and actions much longer than others. Just as long term acid reflux causes scarring in our throats, long term unforgiveness damages our minds and hearts.
We’ve all heard that it takes ten kind statements to counteract one that is unkind. The Bible says, “To whom much is given, much is required.” We have been given a “clean slate” by our Lord Jesus. He removes our sin from us as far as the east is from the west and remembers it no more. Although our minds may be unable to forget; we can choose to forgive the action, every time it comes to our minds and “the peace of God” will flood your soul, like an antacid.
The quicksand of deadly words or actions; will try to control your every waking thought. Practice taking those thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. Picture corralling them within a fence and then visualize Christ’s blood covering those life taking thoughts. Replace them with His life giving words. You will be amazed at how your mind will be restored and renewed.
Lord, may we forgive deeply the one(s) who have spoken unkind words or performed unkind actions toward us. Remember, “He who forgives much will be forgiven much.”