By Jason Swedeen,
One thing that comes to my mind when I think of flies is that of "decay". They often are a nuisance and a pest. This is true not only in the natural world, but also in the spiritual world. God has created us to live long, healthy, prosperous lives, and the list goes on, if we will walk in His ways and delight ourselves in Him. We can only do this if we are re-established back in a right
relationship with Him through being forgiven for our sin by the blood of Jesus.
But, according to Matthew 6:15, which says, "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses," we must forgive others so that we can be forgiven and have that fellowship with the Lord God that we were created to have. I find that so many
people have unforgiveness in their heart towards someone for something said or done yesterday or 20 years ago.
Unforgiveness is like one of those flies in your life. Flies will not only help start the decaying process, but once there is decay, it will also attract other flies and in time will destroy.
Unforgiveness turns into bitterness, which is a poison and will destroy you and affect others around you. Acts 8:23 says, "I see that you are poisoned by bitterness..." It’s like acid. It will eat away little by little. So many people have health issues that are a direct cause of unforgiveness/bitterness but are being treated by medicine and will never be corrected.
We are in direct violation of God’s command when we hold unforgiveness because we want to judge others and we don’t feel like releasing them to God. It’s amazing to me that so many
people would rather choose to trade living under the covering and blessing of God for being able to be mad at people, which is disobedience to God’s command, and then live a life of chaos and decay. This isn’t okay with God. So, somebody sins against you. If you don’t forgive them, then their sin will take you down with them because you’re not releasing them to God to judge, in His grace and mercy, but rather, filling yourself with bitterness. Ignoring and denying the reality of
unforgiveness will not change how you will be affected by it just like those who say "There is no God" doesn’t change the truth that God exists and is alive and well. You need to forgive everyone because it is only in being forgiven that God is able to release His blessings upon you so that you can fulfill the destiny that God has prepared for you before you were even born.
That is the exciting thing for me to see: for you to take your place in the will of God. Flies are a nuisance and they bring decay. Let go of your pride that says you can’t let that person off the hook. It is only destroying you on the inside and outside and affects negatively even the people around you that you love. Release it to God and trust that He is who He says He is: He is the God of justice. He is a fair judge. He will judge each one according to their deeds.
A lot of unforgiveness can actually be towards God even though it is acted out towards
people. In Genesis 4, Cain and Abel brought an offering to the Lord and the Lord received Abel’s offering but rejected Cain’s offering. Cain ended up killing Abel because of God’s decision. God is righteous and did no wrong. Abel had nothing to do with God not accepting Cain’s offering, but Cain needed to blame someone and he probably didn’t think it was smart to blame God.
You may need to ask God’s forgiveness for really blaming Him even though you have acted and held others responsible for something that didn’t go your way. Consider your own heart. Choose to pursue the life that God has created you for: under His protection and flowing in His blessings. Keep out the pesky flies that only come to steal, kill and destroy.