Dan Corner Examines the Seriousness of Unforgiveness
To limit the seriousness of unforgiveness to only being a hindrance to your prayers, as some teachers do, is to dangerously understate the consequences of it. This is usually done from Mk. 11:25. That verse says:
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
Clearly, we see here as in the aforementioned verses, we block our own forgiveness by being unforgiving! Also, we should check our own hearts for any unforgiveness as often as we pray. In other words, this should be a constant area of self-examination. What a victory through unforgiveness the devil must be getting in the lives of most, especially when one embraces Once Saved Always Saved, which Dan Corner contends against in his writings and on his websites.
We also learn in Mk. 11:25 what unforgiveness is. Jesus said it was holding something against another.
To obey Jesus and forgive those who sin against us doesn’t mean they are getting away with their offense! Vengeance is God’s, he will repay. So forgiving our offenders isn’t helping them. Instead, it’s helping yourself spiritually, based on Jesus’ teaching in Mt. 18:21-35.
Related to this subject of forgiving others is the following passage from James which deals with showing mercy:
For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment (2:13).
On the other hand, Dan Corner says, to nurse a grudge against another is to be like the wicked and adulterous Herodias who unjustly did such against John the Baptist:
For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married. For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to (Mk. 6:17-19).
Finally, forgiving others is as important as getting your own sins forgiven, for without the former, the latter won’t occur, according to the Lord Jesus.
Copyright Dan Corner.