It was George MacDonald, quoted in an anthology by C.S. Lewis who said that “unforgiveness is spiritual murder.” Jesus did not mince words when he said,
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Mat. 6:14-15)
In a recent sermon, we explored the nature of true forgiveness. Part of our “Mind the Gap” series. I think you’ll find some very practical help with the complexities of maintaining a forgiving spirit.
O holy Jesus who didst for us die,
And on the Altar bleeding lie,
Bearing all Torment, pain, reproach, and shame.
That we by virtue of the same,
Though enemies to God, might be
Redeemed, and set at liberty.
As thou didst us forgive,
So meekly let us Love to others show,
And live in Heaven on Earth below!
_Thomas Traherne, 1637-74, from “Christian Ethicks”