WALKING IN THE SUPERNATURAL SUPPLY OF GOD:
HOLD NO GRUDGES OR DON'T HOLD GRUDGES (Part 2)
“For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.” James 2:13 KJV
We are nearing the end of this wonderful life changing series 'Walking in the supernatural supply of God'. So far we have looked at six of the guiding principles and we started on the seventh principle in the last capsule 'HOLD NO GRUDGES OR DON'T HOLD GRUDGES'. In capsule 23 we discussed the challenge of forgiveness (or unforgiveness), the extent or the damage of unforgiveness , in other words the 'disease'. Those that are close to us, are the ones that hurt us the most and unfortunately because of the constant contact, they have an unlimited opportunity to do so. If unforgiveness goes unchecked it leads to bitterness that ultimately defiles and stops the manifestation of the grace of God in our lives. We would become like a well filled with fresh water but no bucket to draw up the water, because Faith (that is confidence in God) is not active in the face of bitterness (Please refresh your memory and understanding from capsule 23).
In this capsule we would discuss the cure for the disease; unforgiveness. My approach might not be familiar but it is scriptural and effective. The key to the ability to forgive is that it comes from within, it cannot be imposed from outside. You are giving it as a gift don't expect the recipient to deserve or earn it otherwise you will be frustrated, hindered and disappointed. This is so important and gives you the ability to forgive even when physical contact is not possible (those concerned might be dead), or your attempt might be rejected or rebuffed.
The key is to understanding forgiveness, is that it flows from LOVE, (Agape, the God kind of love). If you checkout 1 Corinthians 13, you will see what I mean. The commonest mistake is that we try to GET IT, and therein lies the problem because you already have it! Romans 5:5 KJV says,
“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
When we became born again, the Holy Spirit fill or pour into our hearts this agape love! We don't need to look or search for it on the outside, that is who we are, love is already woven into our spiritual DNA. Until you understand this you will struggle to attain what has already been bestowed on you. Religion will keep you ignorant of this truth, it will keep you stretching but never reaching. It is a lot easier to manifest what you already have, all the 'attribute' or ' fruit' of the spirit is already in you (Galatians 5:22). What we need to do is meditate on this truth until it becomes our reality. God is Love and we are born of God (1 John 3:1-2). Once you understand this it becomes a simple matter (but not easy) to extend this Love through forgiveness, because it is entirely within your power to do so and that is who we are. People who struggle to forgive have a poor revelation of how much they have been forgiven. So the first step is for them to meditate on this love, it's that simple!
As we end this capsule I would like to touch on another crucial aspect of forgiveness that is often ignored. In dealing with people, particularly where forgiveness is concerned, it is important to limit your consideration to the actions and not speculate on motive behind the action. This is an obstacle that trips us all, the reason why we hold on to grudges is our perception of the motive behind the action. Whereas actions can be judged accurately, not so with motive. Actions you can see, but you can only speculate on motives base on assumptions. These are simple truths we have considered but they need to be practical and that is what we will consider in capsule 25.
JUDGE ACTION, RESIST THE TEMPTATION TO SPECULATE ON MOTIVES
We would look at the practical steps in the next capsule. As always please send a link to your social media site, it will bless someone you know!