What follows is from Joel Osteen's email newsletter. What he discusses here, has been one of the most difficult things for me to come to grips with in my life.
Even though I thought I had it down, only within the past year or so did I realize I didn't. And it kept me a prisoner. Through my own journey, this is one thing I want to share with everyone. It's the secret to emotional freedom. Finally, it's been put in writing so eloquently. I hope this touches you.(If you have never heard Joel speak I encourage you to check your local listings and see his broadcast.)
Freedom Through Forgiveness
"Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven" (Luke 6:37, NKJV).
Today's Word from Joel and Victoria
Did you know that the ability to forgive others is a gift from God? The Bible tells us that if we don't forgive others, we cannot be forgiven. Unforgiveness blocks God's ability to work in your life. When you choose to forgive, you are choosing God's way and opening the door for Him to heal your life. Forgiveness does not mean that what the other person did was right, or that you even have to have a relationship with that person. Forgiveness simply releases the debt they owe you so that God can release the debt you owe Him. Ask the Lord to search your heart and show you if there is any unforgiveness blocking His blessing in your life. Ask Him to show you more about this gift of forgiveness so that you can walk in the freedom and blessing God has for you today.
A Prayer for Today
God, thank you for the gift of forgiveness that opens the door for you to move in my heart. Search my heart today and help me to truly forgive others. Fill me with your love and peace, and thank you for forgiving me so that I can be free. In Jesus' Name, Amen.