Greetings and good morning, brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series, where we seek to explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years, the heavenly Father has shared many revelations of spiritual truth with me, and I want to share them with you. In today’’s broadcast, we discuss the sin of unforgiveness.
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The Sin of Unforgiveness
"And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. . .for if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Matthew, Chapter 6, Verse 14 and 15
Brothers and sisters, we are familiar with some aspects of sin, but few of us consider the subtle but devastating sin of unforgiveness. Sometimes our focus is on the one who has offended us; we want God to punish the offender never realizing our own sin of unforgiveness eating away at our souls. We shall see how unforgiveness becomes a sin by considering a material analogy.
An electrical circuit is composed of a power source connected to a closed circuit, with different appliances connected within the circuit. Usually there is a switch between the power supply and appliance. We control the flow of power to these appliances by turning the switch on and off. We are all familiar with these electrical circuits in our homes, from light bulbs to computers and air conditioners and so on. Sometimes we have a storm or some other accident that interrupts the power supply and all the things that run by electricity are shut down. And we must wait until the power is restored. Sometimes this may take a few moments or other times it may take days to restore the power, depending on the damage.
In addition to this, each power source is hooked up to a separate building. Because of the need to charge for it use, there are no cross connections, and each building has its own power meter to assess how much power it uses. This means that if something happens within the building to disrupt the power, there is no disruption in other buildings. The power is only disrupted to the other buildings if there is a power failure from the central source. Therefore, each building controls its own power supply and the owner is charged only for what is used.
In our relationship with the heavenly Father, who is the source of spiritual power for our souls, we are all connected. We are all his children, and he is our Father. The Father is living love, and this loves flows from him to all of his children and through them to all other brothers and sisters. While this circuit of the Father’’s love is complete in that it flows to all of his children, the cross- connections are not complete--those that connect us to one another. This is the time-space spiritual adventure, where all the parts are being interconnected within the whole by the love of the heavenly Father. We all receive this love, but it does not become real in our experiences until we pass it on, connect it to someone else. Indeed, it is more blessed to give than to receive. This love powerizes our souls and transforms them into the image of the Father’’s Son as we allow it to flow through us to our sisters and brothers.
Each soul controls the flow of the Father’’s love to and through him. The switch of moral free will can be turned off at any given time, thus interrupting the power supply of the Father’’s love. When our brothers and sisters offend us, and we harbor these offenses in our souls and refuse to forgive them, we turn the switch of love off to our souls from the Father. The power supply of love is interrupted and cannot be reestablished until the switch of forgiveness is turned on; likewise, the soul that refuses to repent and seek forgiveness also has his power supply of love turned off. And it remains turned off until the souls repents and seeks forgiveness.
Those souls that are too immature to recognize the Father’’s love are not active in the process: the love flows to them from the Father, but they do not recognize it, nor do they recognize their duty to allow this love to flow through them to others. Evil occurs when the soul is too immature to allow the Father’’s love to flow through. Evil is corrected when the soul gains maturity. When the soul matures, it can choose to allow the Father’’s love to flow through it to other brothers and sisters. So the difference between evil and sin is that in the former the offense is not conscious whereas in the latter it is.
It is the Father’’s will that this love be bestowed to his children and through them to each other. And when we refuse to allow this love to flow to our brothers and sisters because of unforgiveness, there is a break in the cross connections, and the process of interconnecting all of us together is halted. When this break is made with conscious intent, this is sin, conscious disloyalty towards the Father’’s will. Sin short-circuits the Father’’s love and prevents its flow. Thus, it is seen that unforgiveness is a sin because it breaks the circuit of love among the parts and short circuits the process whereby the Father is involved in connecting all the parts together. It is an act of conscious disloyalty and thereby constitutes sin.
As long as there is a chance that the circuit of love that is consciously turned off will turn itself back on, the Father is patient. But when it becomes apparent that no amount of time will cause the circuit to be turned on again (a state of iniquity), then is this particular soul removed from the Father’’s circuit of love eternally so that once more the flow of love can flow to and through other souls. And when this particular soul is removed from the circuit of the Father’’s love, this constitutes cessation of existence for that soul.
Without the practice of forgiveness, there cannot be harmony among the parts; forgiveness is a technique of mercy that restores integrity to the circuit of the Father’’s love. It is necessary in order keep the flow of love surging through the circuits of the soul. When forgiveness is received, that part of the circuit that was short circuited is reestablished, and divine love once more flows without obstruction. We can stop the flow of love to and through us, but we cannot stop the Father’’s flow of love to and through anyone else. This is because each person is directly connected to the Father’’s love. The divine spirit lives in the minds and souls of all the Father’’s children. Without this flow of love, the soul withers and dies. The soul must allow the current of love to flow through it in order to survive.
This concludes today's message on understanding the sin of unforgiveness. We hope you find something in this message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day.
Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry.