Dr. Frederick K.C. Price
Most people do not realize it, but unforgiveness can do a number on your health and eventually kill you graveyard dead. You could not pay me to hold unforgiveness in my heart against another person. I learned long ago to forgive and forget. Vengeance belongs to the Lord, and He will repay.
Unforgiveness will stop your faith in its tracks. If you're standing for healing but have unforgiveness in your heart, you're wasting your time confessing the Word. You might as well be a babbling brook or a clanging cymbal. You're just making noise. It might be pleasant noise, but it's just noise all the same. God cannot forgive you if you don't forgive others. He cannot heal you if you don't forgive.
Mark 11: 22-26 is a scripture that proves my point,"So Jesus answered and said to them, Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses."
If you've been standing against symptoms for a long time, I suggest you check yourself out. Are you holding something against someone else? A lot of the things people harbor within themselves can allow attacks from the enemy to come in. I don't understand it, but I have known people to be angry with another person and hold that anger for ten, fifteen, twenty years. How in the world can you justify holding anger that long?
As far as I can tell, the Bible doesn't give you any more than 24 hours to hold on to your anger.
Look at Ephesians 4:26, "Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath,"
Let's look at Mark 11:25-26 again, "And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses." You can't make it any clearer than that. If your Father can't forgive you, neither can He heal you. That's just the way He has designed the system to work. The Father God wants to bless you, but you won't let Him if you're harboring something against someone else. You're tying His hands.
You can be saying all the right confessions, but you will go nowhere faith-wise. You're just like on a treadmill if you've got unforgiveness in your heart. In the meantime, sickness and disease can be gaining on you, taking their toll on your health.
Forgiveness and healing are connected in God's economy. God hooked it up that way.
Look at Psalm 103:2-5, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits; Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's."
Verse 3 shows us that the same person who forgives our iniquities also heals our diseases. And He is the same person who redeems our lives from destruction. When we consider all the redemptive work Jesus did on our behalf, how can we hold something against another person? What if God had not forgiven us? We'd be up a creek in a boat with no oars.
I caution the reader that to forgive doesn't mean to go back to the scene of the crime and let yourself be dumped on again. No, you'd be a fool to do that. Avoid the person who has hurt you before; steer clear of him or her. Don't let them run roughshod over your life again. You can forgive them and love them from afar. You don't have to let them get back in your face to do you wrong again.
However, God forgives us, and He expects us to forgive others. He said in Colossians 3:12-13, "Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do."