Consequences and Curses of Unforgiveness

Bible Summary. There are many consequences and curses of unforgiveness. Jesus teaches us that if we do not have in our hearts the ability to forgive, God will not forgive us. Another consequence of unforgiveness is that unforgiveness prevents us from coming into God’s presence. Having unforgiveness in our heart means that we are in rebellion against God. Having unforgiveness against a person means that we are out of step with God’s plan for our lives. God has no mercy for someone that continues to sin and refuses to forgive others. See below for Biblical commentary and advise in regard to the consequences and curses of unforgiveness.

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Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
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Consequence of Unforgiveness: Prevents God From Forgiving Us.

Jesus teaches us that if we do not have in our hearts the ability to forgive, God will not forgive us. The parable of the unmerciful servant teaches us the terrible consequences of unforgiveness. Matthew 18:35 advises us to forgive others as God forgives us.

Matthew 18:35, “So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”

Consequence of Unforgiveness: Prevents Us From Coming Into God’s Presence.

Another consequence of unforgiveness is that unforgiveness prevents us from coming into God’s presence. If we have unforgiveness in our hearts against someone, God does not want us in his presence. Matthew 5:24 advises us to forgive everyone and anyone who has offended us prior to coming into God’s presence to worship him.

Matthew 5:24, “Leave there thy gift before the alter, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”

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Consequence of Unforgiveness: Vengeance Results in Rebellion Against God.

A consequence of having unforgiveness in our heart is that we are in rebellion against God. God is the ultimate judge. When we fail to forgive a person and hold a grudge against someone, we are judging our fellow man. Romans 12:19 advises us not to avenge wrongs done against us as that vengeance and judgment is reserved for God.

Romans 12:19, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

Consequence of Unforgiveness: Being At Odds With God’s Plan For Our Life.

A consequence of us having unforgiveness against a person is that we will become out of step with God’s plan for our lives. God has given all of us a purpose in our lives, and it does not include unforgiveness. Unforgiveness is a sin in that it is the opposite of forgiveness which God commands us to do. Genesis 50:20 tells us of Joseph’s forgiveness of his brothers and his acknowledgement of God plan that turn bad things into good.

Genesis 50:20, “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”

Consequence of Unforgiveness: Bitterness Can Result in a Fall of Grace.

A consequence of unforgiveness is a person can fall from God’s grace. From God’s perspective unforgiveness is unrepentant sin that is at odds with God’s forgiving nature. God loves us and is always ready to forgive us when we fall short. On the other hand, God has no mercy for someone that continues to sin and refuses to forgive others. Hebrews 12:15 advises us to avoid bitterness as it is trouble that can lead us to fall from grace.

Hebrews 12:15, “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.”