Unforgiveness is not the unpardonable sin, but it remains unpardoned until it changes.
A few decades ago a secular research company conducted a study of the correlation between health and hospitalization. When they finished compiling all of the collected data, they studied it and arrived at some conclusions.
The main conclusion of this secular research group that they arrived at from the data was interesting. They concluded that if 80% of those in hospitals had exercised a lifestyle of forgiveness of other people, they would not have reached the point of being hospitalized due to their declining health that came from the stress of a lifestyle of unforgiveness.
How much more important is a lifestyle of forgiveness when it comes to our eternal wellbeing:
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
~ Matthew 6:14-15
Forgiveness of others is not easy, but it is necessary and can certainly be done. By definition, forgiveness is never deserved and can never be earned or purchased. Forgiveness is given by an act of the will, and sometimes when we have been deeply wounded we will do well to reaffirm our forgiveness everyday until we are no longer tempted by the lingering pain to un-forgive them.
God Himself cannot forgive our unforgiveness of others. This is not the unpardonable sin, but we will remain unpardoned until we do forgive every person who has sinned against us or has unknowingly or unintentionally hurt us.
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