Wednesday, 4 October 2017



“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”
Ephesians 4:32 KJV

In the last capsule we started the discussion on the place of genuine Forgiveness and reconciliation in manifestation of the Blessings that are already in us. It does not matter whether you are the offender or the offended (Romans 12:18). In Matthew 15:23-24 and Mark 11:25 we also found out that it has an impact on our ability to receive what we ask in prayer or it could act as a hindrance to our ability to receive (It is important that we know why this is so). In reality, I do not believe that it stops God from giving as it is often taught (remember 'all the promises of God in Christ, are yes and amen', 2 Corinthians 1:20). The problem is that, it stops you from receiving, even when the answer to your prayer has been released! This difference is confusing to most people, and I will confess it took me a long time to grasp this dynamics.

“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 KJV

The positive effect of forgiveness is actually more beneficial to you than to the person being forgiven, that is why it has to be genuine, otherwise the impact is lost. Unforgiveness if allowed to stand, becomes deep seated and then leads to bitterness, that is the real problem. Hebrews 12:15, (my paraphrase), 'you should watch out, so that none fail to receive the provisions of grace (blessings). How? By allowing bitterness to take root and defile you'. To defile means to pollute or make unfit for purpose or damage.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 KJV (context Philippians 4:4-8)

Bitterness makes you spiritually dull, it pollutes your spiritual antenna. It clogs your mind with distraction making it difficult for you to concentrate on the divine. It is a demonstration of tenderness of the heart (Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:13). Philippians 4:4-8, is a scriptural guide to receiving answers to your prayer. Verses 4-7 is anchored on verse 8, that is keeping your thoughts pure and positive. Bitterness will defile your thoughts, making sure it negates the articles listed in verse 8. The resultant effect is that even though God has released, you are not able to receive because, Galatians 5:6b, '......Faith works through Love'.

Once you understand this dynamics it gives you a positive reason to forgive even when it is undeserved (Ephesians 4:32). Your motivation is to keep your heart tender, and remain spiritually sensitive, and be able to manifest these blessings. In the next capsule I will wrap up this discussion on forgiveness and show you how to set it in motion.


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'Femi Idowu