You just got into a verbal/physical fight or a loved one has betrayed you or you were violated, you think after some time you’ll be able to move on only to later realize that this incident is still vivid in your head. Your mind keeps on playing the ‘film’ of all that happened: The nasty words exchanged, the violated act, and the wickedness exposed. You just can’t get over it. You may then wonder, “should I be the one to apologize? Or should I be the one to forgive?” My answer lies in this question: “Who’s the most spiritual?” On a normal day, you claim that you love Christ and want to serve Him. On a normal day, you go to Church and are willing to “give yourself away so God can use you” as the popular song says. On a normal day, you read the Word and ask God to give you strength to put it into practice.
The most spiritual person understands the following:
- James 4:4,7 “Adulterers! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God…Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
- 2 Cor 2:10-11
“Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
- Hebr 10:22 “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
The most spiritual person understands that unforgiveness is pride which equals to friendship with the world, thus spiritual ‘adultery’.The most spiritual person understands that unforgiveness, anger, or bitterness opens the door for Satan into his/her life and if the devil has a place in our heart, the Holy Spirit will soon opt to leave us. The most spiritual person understands that each time he/she enters the holy presence of God to pray, fast, praise, or serve, it must be done with a clean and clear conscience at peace with the Most High. So who’s the most spiritual person? Is it you or the other person you got into a fight with? I know the step to forgive or apologize breaks every inch of ego in us and requires so much humility but the reward is greater: We get on God’s side and have dominion over the devil. So, be still before the Lord and ask the Holy Spirit to do what the flesh cannot do.