“Empowering the abused woman to recover with God's truth"
Forgiving others is importance!! If we do not forgive others, God will NOT forgive us – Jesus said this in Matthew 6:15:
“But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (biblegateway.com –NIV).
We MUST NOT allow people to change who we are and start behaving like them!!! Let’s keep the loving and compassionate heart God has given us and not allow the devil to whisper things in our ears (remember, accusing spirits – to find out how they operate, click here) about how someone has hurt us and tell us to tell them off and get even, etc. – the enemy does not like unity so he will do everything he can to start and keep confusion and strife among the brethren going!!
Since thoughts produce actions, we CANNOT allow accusing spirits to bring negative thoughts to our minds; this will cause us to react in a way that is contrary to the Word of God! The enemy is the author and father of lies and he love to start and keep confusion, so don't give him any place in your life!! As the Word says, if we submit ourselves to God, we can resist the devil he will flee (James 4:7) - he cannot stand against the Word of God – James was talking about the “fighting and quarrels” among the people (Read James Chapter 4). The devil CANNOT come into our territory and stay there unless we allow him!! Yes, I know he does not respect boundary but if we tell him to go, AFTER WE HAVE SUBMITTED OURSELVES TO GOD, he has to go – the only authority and power the enemy recognizes is that of the Godhead (God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit)! God is NOT a liar and if the Word says that the enemy will flee, it is so!! Plus, Jesus has given us power to thread upon serpents and scorpions and over ALL the power of the enemy and NOTHING shall by ANY means hurt us (Luke 10:19)!!
God loves the one who hurt us just as He loves us and He will deal with them in His way when He wants to!!! The person may never come back and ask for forgiveness because if they do not know or think they have wronged us, they will never ask for forgiveness; but we are to forgive them anyway!! Sometimes God will tell us to go to them and apologize when they are the ones who have hurt us; that has happened to me before – more than one time.
May God bless you and keep you,
Dr. Dorothy E. Hooks