In the parable of the unforgiving servant, Jesus gave us yet another insight into how God sees the erroneous attitude of unforgiveness.
To begin with, Apostle Peter asked Jesus how often should his brother (or sister) sin against him and he forgives, up to seven times? Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven." Jesus' response is not a legalistic or mathematical formula, for true love does not keep any record of wrongs; He means limitless forgiveness. In the story of the unforgiving servant, Jesus showed how unforgiveness can restrict what God would do in others. 32Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, 'you wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33'Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?' 34"And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. 35So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother (or sister) his (her) trespasses." (Please note: the jailed fellow servant is still in prison at the story's end, revealing the power of unforgiveness to "bind" circumstances to an undesirable level of perpetual problems.)
Jesus teaches how the 'spirit' of unforgiveness (torturers - bill collectors) exacts its toll on our bodies, minds, and emotions. Child of God, you can forgive and do not allow any one or any thought to convince you otherwise - please do it today and purpose to perpetually do it if you take offence. There is a higher ground that can be taken; it is not to take offence in the first place.
CONFESSION - Forgiveness is not an emotion but a choice made to no longer hold an offence against another person or group therefore I choose to FORGIVE all who have wronged me as I receive God's forgiveness. I refuse to take offence at wrong done to me from now on.
Ps 32:1-2; Ps 66:18; Matt 6:12-15; Matt 18:21-35; Mk 11:25-26; Lk 6:37; Lk 11:4; 1 Cor 13:4-8; Eph 4:32