Our thoughts affect and control every aspect of our lives. Every word that comes out of our mouth, and every action was FIRST a thought. Isaiah 55:7 says, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” I read this verse yesterday, and probably for the first time in my life, made this application with forgiveness.
Sins against us, or sins we did against others were first unrighteous thoughts. Have you ever thought about that before? Unrighteous thoughts are sin because they are devoid of the Lord. They are rooted in our flesh. We sin because we did not die to our flesh.
Verses 8-9 followed the statement of God’s mercy and pardon. They say, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Psalm 103:11-12 says, “For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” We are to forgive AS we have been forgiven.
Unforgiveness is a pool of flesh, with negative thoughts that swirl around in a vortex of unrighteousness. Hosea 8:7 says, “They sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind…” Galatians 6:8 says, “For he who sows to the flesh will of the flesh reap corruption…”
Unforgiveness hardens our heart, and makes it impermeable to God’s word. Impermeable means it doesn’t allow fluid to flow through. God’s word is a living river of truth. It is only the truth that we know and apply to our lives that will set us free.