Emotions and Millstones

Luke 17:1-2 — 1 Jesus said to His disciples: “Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. 2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin” (NIV).

I want to begin today’s devotion the same way I ended yesterday’s: Forgiveness is not a feeling; it is a decision. Most people choose not to forgive because they don’t feel like it. Then there are those who make the decision to forgive, but they don’t feel like they’ve forgiven. It’s for this reason faith is needed in order to forgive.

Many people battle within themselves after they’ve chosen to forgive. Their minds constantly nag them, and their emotions tell them they are still angry with the person for what he or she did. This is why it’s not uncommon for a person to feel animosity toward someone they’ve already let off the hook. Your flesh wants to breathe life back into the offense, while your spirit tries to remind you that you’ve already let it go. You have to make the decision to forgive by faith because you may never feel like it.

Unforgiveness is fueled by emotion. Emotions are the roots of offense. They attach you to the offense and give it life. Jesus said that it would be better for a person to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause another person to sin because of offense.

Offense will either cause a person to grow or sink. So many people justify unforgiveness because their feelings have been hurt. I pray you are not one of them. If you are, make today the day you stop letting your emotions get the best of you. Choose to forgive.

Luke 6:37 — “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven” (NIV).

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