10 Consequences of Refusing to Forgive

We had a powerful morning today at Second Mile as we looked at some crucial teaching from Jesus about forgiveness. A number of folks asked for one of the lists I read, so I thought I’d post it here. Also, I’ll be posting some other great excerpts from Ray Pritchard’s book, The Healing Power of Forgiveness.

What happens when we refuse to forgive? Here are ten consequences of an unforgiving spirit (Pritchard compiled the list with material from R.T. Kendall, Waylon Moore, and Bob Leland).

1. Your fellowship with the Father is blocked.
2. The Holy Spirit is grieved.
3. Your prayers will not be answered.
4. God leaves you alone to face the problems of life in your own power.
5. The devil gains a foothold through your bitterness.
6. You force God to become your enemy.
7. You lose the blessing of God on your life.
8. You waste time nursing a wounded spirit.
9. You become enslaved to the people you hate.
10. You become like the people you refuse to forgive.

Question: Which of these impact you the most? Anything you’d add?

  1. #1 by samuel uche on September 6, 2014 - 8:45 am

    the points have no scriptural backups it would be betther of with that all the same the point are all serious ones

  2. #2 by Dormaa Ahenkro Circuit Myf on October 29, 2014 - 10:13 am

    i like your message,so simple and understandable.

  3. #3 by James Muntener on April 19, 2017 - 4:28 am

    I think I might have an unforgiving spirit because I was listening to a sermon by Dr Charles Stanley, Forgiving hurts that we don’t deserve. There was someone I worked with, it was a manager and a good friend. Something had happened where she quit her job and I ended up dealing with the mess that she had to deal with and when this manager left, she didn’t even bother to say goodbye and I am having a hard time Forgiving this person, can you give me some advice on how to handle this.

    • #4 by Luke Simmons on April 19, 2017 - 6:44 pm

      James, I think it’s good to recognize that unforgiving spirit in you. My advice would be to remember the gospel. Remember how you have been a bad friend to Jesus and how he ended up having to deal with the mess you created (even while you shouted “Crucify him!”). Contemplate how much grace and kindness you’ve received and it may give you the power to forgive her.

  4. #5 by William on October 20, 2019 - 2:20 am

    Souls without forgiveness in their heart and soul,suffering worse punishment than death itself šŸ˜“šŸ˜©šŸ˜„šŸ˜£

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