“If you do not forgive, you will be put in a torture chamber until you are willing to forgive.” Erwin Lutzer
Don Wade & Roma are a team on WLS 890 AM in Chicago. Roma read the following which she wrote:
“Do you harbor resentment, then you are poisoning your own meal at life’s banquet table. Imagine your mind as a little shop of horrors a kind of museum filled with relics of all the injustices and the harm that you have ever endured. Each exhibit depicts your memory of what someone did or didn’t do that hurt you. Brightly illuminated by your resentment every exhibit has a soundtrack echoing with loud angry and accusing voices. The walls are covered with horrible instruments of punishment and the long list of penalties to be inflicted on your wrong doers. And coating everything is a thick clinging residue of self pity to keep you from moving on to the new future wing of your museum, where exhibits are filled with pleasure and joy and new possibilities. Can you imagine what it would be like to be locked permanently inside such a chamber of horror, hate and resentment. If you are unable to forgive others real or imagined wrongs against you, then that horror chamber exist within you.
That chamber of ill will is in your own mind and soul and what of price you pay for maintaining such a museum of resentment, the negative reliving of your past strokes of anger and resentment, and seething hostility, it also turns your mind against itself, it is like poison to your soul. The simple profound truth is that the entire horror shop crumbles if you are willing to forgive. By forgiving others, you forgive yourself, you gain a new sense of self esteem and free your own spirit to soar to new heights. There is no time to waste. Now is the time to stop the pain of the past from poisoning, the joys of your present and your future. Decide to forgive.”
When one will not forgive another, they will come to think that God cannot forgive them either. A very serious situation.
Matthew 6: 14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.