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Satan and Forgiveness

"I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes (2 Corinthians 2:10-11 NIV)."

One thing becomes clear when we study Scripture: Satan gains an advantage whenever we harbor unforgiveness in our hearts. Satan gains an advantage that he can and will use against us.

We will experience this as torture—to some extent and in some way (Matthew 18:21-35).

The direct and indirect consequences of unforgiveness are all too common. They include anxiety, depression, psychosis, digestive problems, headaches and the list goes on. Whenever we give advantage to the Devil, expect that negative consequences will follow. Our emotions and our health will suffer.

But it doesn't have to be this way. We can avoid being defeated by forgiving others from our hearts. We need to practice forgiveness with every thought, every time the thought of an offender comes to mind.

When you do find yourself nursing a grudge, confess the sin to God right away. Forgive. Then pray for the person you are angry at. This can be thought of as taking back ground that you have given to the Devil in battle.

It's also a really good idea to talk with God on a personal level. Tell him about the anger you are experiencing and ask for help in dealing with the issue. Scripture should certainly be used, but not in a mechanical fashion.

We are all responsible for how we think. We all bear the consequences—good and bad—that result from our thinking. Our circumstances cannot be used as an excuse to absolve us of this responsibility.

No amount of therapy will in any way change this stark reality of life. And you will need God's help—every day—to meet your responsibility to keep your thoughts under control.


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