We never stop learning from the Spirit of Truth who dwells in us. We need to always be open to course correct.
Colossians 3:10 Amplified says, “And have clothed yourselves with the new (spiritual self), which is (ever in the process of being) renewed and remolded into (fuller and more perfect knowledge upon) knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it.”
Here is an error the Holy Spirit just showed me. I have taught and written it, and have read it and heard it taught. “Just forgive as an act of your will. The emotions will follow.” This is erroneous. It is a doctrine of men. It is lip service only.
Isaiah 29:13 says, “Therefore the Lord said: Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men.” Matthew 15:9 quotes this verse. “…teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” Mark 7:6 Amplified says, “…their hearts hold off and are far distant from Me.”
Matthew 18:35 says that forgiveness must be from the heart.
Matthew 18:34-35 says, “And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”
Heart forgiveness must involve the heart.
Psalm 78:37 says, “For their heart was not steadfast with Him, nor were they faithful in His covenant.” The Amplified says, “For their hearts were not right and sincere with Him…”
Here is the commandment in Ephesians 4:32 and Colossians 3:13. We are to forgive as we have been forgiven. You can read more about this is my ebook about to be released: Cracking the Code of Unforgiveness: freeing past hurts.
Here is the key to heart forgiveness. This is the act of the will that honors the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Thankfulness aligns our will with His.
Thankfulness starts with conception. If we had not been conceived, we would never know the Lord and spend eternity with Him. Therefore if you have not been able to forgive your parents, start by thanking the Lord for them. Through them He gave you life.
Next thank Him for the ones who have hurt you. Thank Him for the hurt. As you thank Him, HE will bring the buried emotions to the surface for release. Heart forgiveness releases the wounds. Jesus bore your wounds. He made healing available for each wound you have ever received.
Isaiah 53:5 says, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”
Your sins pierced, and crushed Him. He forgave you the sins you caused Him, so you can freely forgive the one who sinned against you.