1 John 4:20 is a HUGE WARNING to this generation of Christian pretenders. This verse is my big question to so many church goers. If I said things to other ‘professing’ Christian people what they have said to me, and also done unto me then I would be accused of being nasty, cruel, and even cursing. How would you like for me to say to you “Thus saith the Lord, you will lose everything- your job, your family, your home, and you will be cut off from everyone, but oh, it is God’s blessing.” Would you not call this a CURSE? The Bible says it is even blasphemy to use “Thus saith the Lord” when the LORD NEVER SAID IT!
The church does not teach God’s love. They yap about it all the time but they are PHONIES. They speak one thing with their mouth for appearances and they do another behind people’s back. The church has no idea what the true meaning of love is. I have seen how much they love God by the horrible ways they have treated me- the lying, cursing, and shunning. A whole lot of people are headed for Hell, and many others are wavering on a very fine wire. -Admin-
If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 1 John 4:20 (NKJV)
In The Weight of Glory, C. S. Lewis wrote:
To forgive the incessant provocations of daily life—to keep on forgiving the bossy mother-in-law, the bullying husband, the nagging wife, the selfish daughter, the deceitful son—how can we do it?
Only, I think, by remembering where we stand, by meaning out words when we say in our prayers each night “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us.” We are offered forgiveness on no other terms. To refuse it is to refuse God’s mercy for ourselves. There is no hint of exceptions and God means what He says.
Not forgiving someone who offends you doesn’t mean that you lose your salvation, but your refusal to forgive discolors your experience of God’s grace. By not weeding out the roots of bitterness as they spring up, you will soon be controlled by the full-blown fruit of unforgiveness.
Don’t let the smallest grudge or littlest insult have room to grow. Take it to the Lord immediately.