E.W. Kenyon & Don Gossett

B. Childress
May 07 2012

If I forgive men and women of their trespasses against me, my heavenly Father will also forgive me my trespasses
against Him.  (See Matthew 6:14.)  But if I refuse to forgive men and women of their trespasses against me, far more
serious consequences than I had imagined will be mine:
“Neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (verse 15).

If I possess unforgiveness in my heart, regardless of the wrongdoings other people have committed against me, I open
my heart to permit
“seven other spirits more wicked than [unforgiveness]” to “enter in, and dwell there” (Luke 11:26).  
These seven other spirits are akin to unforgiveness but are even more wicked.  I believe these spirits to be:

    1.  Resentment

    2.  Ill will

    3.  Grudges

    4.  Malice

    5.  Retaliation

    6.  Bitterness

    7.  Hatred

As I examine this list of seven other spirits more wicked than unforgiveness, I perceive that they are progressively
destructive.  How can I be delivered from unforgiveness?  How can I resist these wrong spirits in Jesus’ name, so that
they must leave me?

Jesus defeated the devil by quoting God’s Word.  I shall likewise boldly declare God’s Word against these vexing spirits,
so that I might be totally liberated.

    Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven
    you.  (Ephesians 4:32)

Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit.  When I practice kindness coupled with tenderheartedness, I am able to forgive all who
have wronged me, even as God, for Christ’s sake, has forgiven me.

    Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ
    forgave you, so also do ye.  (Colossians 3:13)

God’s Word is as practical as it is powerful.  It shows me what to do, even if I should be involved in a petty quarrel.

    Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?  Up to
    seven times?”  Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”  
    (Matthew 18:21-22 NKJV)

God’s ability within me to forgive others is unlimited.  I therefore possess not natural ability but supernatural ability
whereby I can forgive others.

    Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  
    Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  (I John 4:10-11)

The greatest problems I encounter in life are usually “people problems.”  We live in a world where communications can
break down, fellowship can be severed, and persecution and opposition can be our lot.  But I know the secret: I have
the ability to love with His love.  I see others through eyes of God’s tender love and compassion.

    Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness
    of God.  (James 1:19-20)

I refuse to speak unkindly against those who have wronged me.  God enables me to forgive and to forget.  These
“seven other spirits” may often seek to regain entrance to my life, but I defiantly resist them in Jesus’ name.

Some may say, “I would forgive others if they would only ask me for forgiveness.”  Whether they ask for forgiveness or
not, in your heart of hearts, you can forgive and put all offenses under the blood of Jesus.  As a believer in Jesus, you
can forgive others.  By the delivering power of the blood of Jesus, you are set free from those
“seven other spirits.”


KEYS TO RECEIVING GOD’S MIRACLES, by E.W. Kenyon & Don Gossett, Copyright 2011, Whitaker House.