7 Days To Forgiveness

Day 4 of 7 • This day’s reading

Devotional

Day Four – Demons Transport Bitterness 


Bitterness, or unforgiveness, is a vehicle by which demonic forces travel into your life and relationships.


Hell is the place of unforgiveness; when you do not forgive, you are pulling hell up into your life. Heaven is the place of forgiveness; when you forgive, you are inviting heaven down into your life.


The parable of the unforgiving servant is a picture of the gospel of forgiveness. This is how Jesus treats us.


But the man forgiven of a great debt confronts another man who owes him a much smaller debt. Rather than forgiving the man in the same way he had been forgiven, Jesus says he seized the man and “began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him." The forgiven man refused and put him in prison.


The image of the jailer in Jesus’ teaching is Satan and the demonic realm. Satan and his demons condemn you, haunt you, and torment you. They encourage you to respond to your hurt by hurting others and to your torment by tormenting others. God creates forgiveness, and Satan counterfeits it with bitterness.