*Please note: This episode in particular is very poor quality. As a reminder, these recordings are over 40 years old.
Many people believe there are those God should not forgive, and I am one of those in their crosshairs. Such an attitude comes from doubt, and it's this lack of faith that prevents a person from forgiving. A better title for this message is, "How to Overcome Unforgiveness.". We are to ". . . be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you" (Ephesians 4:32). Since God has forgiven me of so much, of all people, I should easily forgive relatively small offensives. In Matthew 6:14, the Lord's prayer emphasizes that we must forgive in order to receive forgiveness from God. It's tied to our faith in God's grace, which helps us to forgive. And our lack of faith affects our prayers, Bible study and comprehension, and even our fellowship. There are seven attitudes [spirits] that demonstrate our unforgiveness: 1) Resentment; 2) Ill Will or dislike; 3) Grudges or hostility; 4) Malice; 5) Retaliation; 6) Bitterness or cynicism and 7) Hatred. These spirits increase in our hearts as we continue to harbor unforgiveness, which runs contrary to love (1 Corinthians 13). On the other hand, Jesus is the perfect example of forgiveness, when He said, "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do." Join me in this message as I show how the Word of God enables us to forgive others as Christ forgave us. And to be merciful, because the Lord, our God is merciful.