Question? Has your walk with God and Christian lifestyle become mangled as a result of holding a grudge with another fellow member of the body of Christ? Maybe you have held on to this for so long that you have become impervious to the pain. Instead of making things right with the one who has offended you, a root of bitterness has found it's way into your heart and soul and you have become defiled. Defiled? What in the world are you talking about? I am a respectable God fearing Christian! OK don't take my word for it; let us allow the Word of God to do the heart surgery. Here we go: "Looking diligently lest
any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing
up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled." Hebrews 12:15
Now that you have been exposed to the truth what are you going to do about it? Remember our gracious heavenly Father will not give you more revelation from His Word until you obey the truth given that has not been obeyed . Oh you could go ahead and sing Christian songs, go to church, and even give of your tithes and offerings but your Father in heaven is not impressed until reconciliation has been made. How do I know that? Once again it is in the living Word of God: "But I say unto you,
That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in
danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca,
shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool,
shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift." Matthew 5: 22-24...or try this one on for size: "And when ye stand
praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also
which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses." Mark 11: 25-26 Sounds like pretty serious stuff to me; more importantly, to God.
Here is where it gets personal. Of course you can ignore this all important responsibility on your part to make reconciliation between you and the person who offended you and continue your wood, hay, and stubble Churchianity or you could do the right thing by humbling yourself and go to this person and begin living the abundant life all over again. 'But you don't understand this person should be apologizing to me and should be coming to me not me to him (or her)' . Let me ask you a question..who gives a flying cuckoos-nest who goes to who first!!! Is your pride so great that it is worth bringing shame to the one who humbled Himself for you? God Almighty knows this maybe the hardest thing for you to do but He also knows it is health to your bones. Imagine that heavy weight being lifted instantly just because you chose to do things Gods' way. Aren't you tired of carrying this excess baggage? Get things right and go on with the one who led by example..."Looking unto Jesus the
author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before
him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right
hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin." Hebrews 12: 2-4
Seriously if the Creator of the universe left the pleasures of Heaven in order to make a way for His created children who, although were born in sin, needed to be reconciled back to Himself then how much more do we need to be reconciled back to our brother or sister in Christ? If you know this message is just for you and you want to be set free from this terrible sin of unforgiveness but you are afraid that even if you were to go the offender that this person will not cooperate; then I have good news for you. You do your part and then the ball will be in that other persons court not yours. Basically it is not your problem any more ...you did the right thing...you obeyed God. Just as a footnote, if that person went to be with Jesus then you still can get alone with God in your prayer closet and pour out your heart to Him and put 1 John 1:9 into practice: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." He knows if you are genuine and sincere or if you are playing games....The thought just occurred to me that even though you may be going to heaven the person who wronged you may not be. Herein may lie the problem to begin with. The person may be outside of Christ. I better end by asking ' Would you please let those who have come across this blog post what transpired so we can rejoice with you?' In Jesus name Amen! God is for you and so am I..Go for It!