Clearing The Slate

Blackboards are great. You can write on them with chalk, and then erase them with a chalk eraser. With that picture in your mind, let’s look at Colossians 2:13-14.
 
“And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”
 
We deserved to die for our sins. Jesus wiped out the sentence of God’s wrath appointed to us. He received the wrath as He bore our sins on Himself on the cross. He not only bore our sins, He forgave us ALL our sins.
 
Yesterday I read Ephesians chapter 4 two times. Coming to verses 30-32 took me back to the verses in Colossians. What does it mean to forgive as we are forgiven?
 
Ephesians 4:30 says to not grieve the Holy Spirit. Verse 31 says, “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.” We grieve the Holy Spirit when we hang onto unforgiveness.
 
Verse 31 is defining the fruit of unforgiveness. Now you may have understood that, but yesterday was when the Holy Spirit revealed it to me. I just never connected it before.
 
Bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking is the byproduct of unforgiveness. Unforgiveness may be buried in our unconscious, but it seeps into every thought, and influences our actions. Verse 32 says, “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
 
Our ‘record of wrongs’ opens the door for demonic oppression. Matthew 18:34-35 says that our heavenly Father will deliver us to the torturers is we do not forgive from the heart.
 
We are called to be reconcilers, not keepers of wrongs done against us. If you struggle with unforgiveness, I  encourage you to get my book on Amazon. Victorious Garden: true heart forgiveness will help you work through your pain of sins done against you to live in the freedom of forgiveness.

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