By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"Our Father, which art in heaven, 
Hallowed be Thy name. 
Thy kingdom come. 
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil; 
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
Matthew 6:9-15
Nursing a grief is like nursing a hairball.
It doesn't translate into much,
And it wreaks havoc in an individual's walk with God.
Must I forgive?
Hmmm ...
Tucked into the midst of the most vocalized and celebrated "church" prayer is a mandate on forgiveness.
It's not an option, consideration, or deliberation.
It's not a suggestion, opinion, or good idea.
"Forgiveness" is an open and closed case in the Father's mind;
It's not a subject open for discussion.
Consider the realities:
1) The "act" of forgiveness translated into the death of God the Father's one and only Son.
He takes this pretty serious.
No sinful act prevailing, nothing that's been done against you or to you, will every situate itself over this reality;
Neither will anything you or I have done.
Jesus Christ obliterates every judgment of man and counts His blood the prevailing force over all mens' sins.
Attempts to undermine the blood through the act of unforgiveness procures tormenting ramifications,
And those ramifications are bigger than a hairball.
2) Christ's death on the cross exonerates and seals the most vile of offenders.
Whether that offender is you or the guy next door;
Christ will forgive and defend every "whosoever" who bends the knee to Him.
Each sinner's story serves to verify the Father's power and glory in this way.
The blood is stronger, deeper, and more powerful than man's worst offense.
3) God is adamant and certain about His truth; and no man wields the power to prevail against it.
The "benediction" to the Lord's prayer concludes with the eye-opening ramifications of unforgiveness ... and it's worse than a hairball.
When we don't want to forgive and we choose not to forgive;
We haven't much of a life to live at all.
Get on your knees and take care of the unforgiveness inside of you, dear Reader.
Begin with a hairball confession,
And make things right in your heart before God.
-Philippians 2 will bless you immensely-
Begin here and work your way ...
 Into the Lord's prayer.