July 22 Unforgiveness

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:14–19

Key Verse: 1 John 2:10

He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.

The path to freedom from an unforgiving spirit runs straight through the cross of Christ. When He died, forgiveness for man’s sins—all of them—was provided.

When we receive Jesus through faith, we no longer should hold grudges or seethe over injustices. Christ Jesus has forgiven us. We are called to extend His forgiveness—even to our enemies. We did nothing to earn our forgiveness. Then we cannot make others earn our forgiveness, which may be the tool used by Jesus Christ to demonstrate His unconditional love to believer and nonbeliever alike.

Because of the Cross and Christ’s presence in your life through the Holy Spirit, you have the supernatural capacity to extend His forgiveness. As a new creation in Christ, you are not a prisoner to your old habits of revenge and retaliation. Christ in you is your hope (Col. 1:27).

The love of God will not allow you to keep bitterness and resentment in your heart and still enjoy His fellowship. Now is the time to boldly forgive the one who has hurt you, not in your power but in the full forgiveness provided by the Lord Jesus Christ for every person at Calvary.

Lay your burden down. Let God’s love flow through you, and then watch Him work.

Almighty God, thank You for forgiving me. Now give me the supernatural ability to extend forgiveness to those who hurt me. Let Your love flow through me to others.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 213). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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