Matthew 5:7 says blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Unforgiveness is a powerful tool in the hands of the enemy and he has
used it rob many of their healings, breakthrough and blessings. What
unforgiveness does is it shuts the heaven over an individual. One can
pray but as far as there is unforgiveness, there is a possibility that
such prayers will not b e answered. Mark 11:25 says and whenever you
stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that
your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
Before God restored Job, He first dealt with the unforgiveness that
could stand in the way. He told Eliphaz and the other two friends in Job 42:7-9 to take an offering to job so that he can forgive them and pray for them.
You may not belief this but there have been cases of women who the Lord
told to go and forgive their husbands or someone who mistreated them
before they can conceive and have children. I think I should this
testimony of a pastor friend. Several years ago when he was still a
brother, he went into transport business with his very close friend. The
business was doing well, they normally meet at the end of the year to
share profits and plan for the next year. This particular year they met
as usual and the friend declared no profits but loss. After
investigation, the brother found out that his friend had misappropriated
the funds and he was unhappy. He became angry and never forgave this
friend. Several weeks later the Holy Spirit fished out the friend in the
church and he confessed. He was asked to go and make restitution. The
friend approached this brother to apologize but this brother did not
want to even see him. No matter what the friend did, this brother did
not forgive. Few months passed, the friend began to prosper and buy new
cars while things began to go the other way for this brother. This
brother petitioned God that why should the man who dupe him prosper
while He suffers. The Lord told him listen “your friend is prospering
because I have forgiving him but you are yet to forgive. I cannot
forgive you and bless you until you forgive him.” Thank God the brother
was wise, he quickly forgave his friend and things changed. I think I
should share this too. A particular sister suffered break down because
her fiancée made another lady pregnant. Her world literally collapsed
because that man was the only man she ever trusted in her life. She was
so disappointment and this caused a deep wound in her heart. A year
later due to the recession; she lost her lucrative job and was employed
for almost two years. She was a trained accountant; she applied for all
sorts of jobs and got nothing. She prayed and fasted nothing happened.
The pastor bounded and loosed nothing happened. While discussing this
year, for some unknown reasons I began to talk to her on the subject of
forgiveness. She said there is someone that offended her but she forgave
but not from the heart. We advised her to forgive and she did. A month later she got a job after two years and to cap it up God has brought another brother!
ACTION POINT: Forgive that brother, sister, friend, family out of mercy so that God can show you mercy.