I have the secret to TRUE happiness that everyone wants to know. It really isn’t hard to find out what the key to happiness is but it is hard to actually access and use the key to unlock true happiness. They secret to happiness is forgiveness. When we chose to truly forgive then we can truly receive and feel the forgiveness God offers us through His Son Jesus.
There is absolutely no justifiable reason to withhold forgiveness. But it happens. People try to come up with justifiable events or circumstances to NOT forgive. We use phrases like “you just don’t understand what they did to me” “it has happened before.” I am sure that you have your own excuse: that you have either heard or used. These reasons are ways the enemy can lock down our hearts. When the enemy locks down our heart with unforgiveness many things happen but I want to highlight three.
It hinders us from walking in the grace of God
It hinders us from hearing and understanding God’s voice
It hinders us from experience true happiness.
With these three points I don’t see unforgiveness as an option for my family. It is counter-biblical to withhold forgiveness. I would even say it is against God’s plan and will. By choosing not to forgive with go against the very work Jesus did on the cross.
NO WONDER we are not happy. We are not happy because by choosing to listen to the lie of the enemy and not forgive we are choosing to set up an experience where we cannot truly receive or understand the forgiveness Jesus has already brought to us.
If my words don’t make sense to you check out Jesus’:
Matthew 6:14-15- “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Mark 11:25- “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.
Here is the secret to happiness in 3 steps:
- Forgive regardless the personal cost
- Receive the forgiveness Jesus offers
- Live your life according to the first two