Freedom is Found in Forgiveness

“I am love. I am love and all those who are in me, are in my love. I can only love, I can only give love. Those who know me, know my love. It’s all about love. I know you have been hurt, my child. I know you have been wounded by words and accusations. I know you have been pierced by judgements and jealousy. I know it was long ago, but you are feeling it now. You are feeling the weight of it now. You are hurting because their hurt and offence is coming to the surface. But stay hidden in me and I will continue to protect you from the fiery arrows of the enemy. 

You were quick to forgive back then and that pleased me. You have even forgotten so much of the nasty things said about you and against you. Forgiving and forgetting is the most freeing way forward…for you. You have been free, but others have not. You have forgiven quickly, but others have held on tightly. You have forgotten and moved on, but others meditate on the same things, over and over again in their hearts and in their minds, stewing over the situation, replaying the lies in their mind, justifying their actions and words. 

Oh my beautiful child, I long for you to be free from the chords that entangle you and the words that are used as weapons against you. Their bitterness holds them back. Their pain and woundedness keeps them stuck in the past. Their offence keeps them blinded to the truth. They are hurting. They are in pain. They have their own problems and situations that they are hiding behind. But they are mine. I have marked them and called them by name. They are my beautifully broken beings and I will sweep in and heal them as they open up to me and allow me in. 

Their bitterness holds them back – but they are my beautifully broken beings and I will sweep in and heal them as they open up to me and allow me in

Many are living in unforgiveness. Many are walking in bitterness and offence and I just long to set them free. I long to sweep in and cradle them up in my arms and tell them I love them, show them my love, fill them with my love, crack open their hearts with my love and overflow within them my great love to all around them. I long to touch them and show them my gentleness, to truly introduce myself to them, for them to know me intimately.

The pain of their past is coming back as weapons formed against you. Words, thoughts, judgements, justifications, slander, gossip, self-vindication. But no weapon formed against you shall prosper, for you reside under my wings. Protected. Safe. I can heal your heart here. I can heal your heavy heart from the painful word spoken to you, about you, and behind you. I will vindicate you, because MY truth always prevails.

Continue to forgive, even when fresh feelings arise – forgive and release them to me and you will be set free. You are moving into a moment of divine destiny now and the enemy is using all he can to try and distract you, discourage you and ensnare you. But I have you – I hold you.  He uses the pain of others, their open wounds and the bitterness and unforgiveness they hold onto. 

This is why I need my children to be truly free. Free in me. When you know how much you have been forgiven, it is easy to release forgiveness to others. But for those who do not have a deep revelation of this, forgiveness is difficult and a battle, and to forget is unheard-of. They hold on in their hearts. They stew over it in their minds. But they are the ones who are trapped – trapped in a prison of their own unforgiveness. But they are mine. I am working on them and as they open up and allow me in, I can heal them, release them and set them free.

Forgive and release them to me and you will be set free

Yes, I had great plans for that relationship, but deep wounds and brokenness turned to bitterness. I know you could see the beauty beyond the brokenness, but for your own protection I had to pull you out. I know it was a painful and difficult choice, process and action to take. I know you prayed to me in tears and turmoil, asking for wisdom, discernment and above all words of love and grace. I know you didn’t want to do it my way, but you did. You faithfully obeyed. I know their pain manifested itself toward you in ugly, hateful, venomous ways. I know the core of their offence and the open wounds that my words of truth tapped into came back to bite you like a poisonous viper –  but you quickly forgave and overtime you have freely forgotten. You extended grace and love even though they didn’t receive it. I have purged and purified you in this time. You have run to me and healed in the hiding. You have been strengthened and overcome and in hindsight you can now see the danger that the friendship was. I pulled you out for your own protection.

These roots are coming back like tentacles wrapping around you this week because things have been stirred up in the spiritual sphere. Things have been seen, past wounds have been pressed on, eyes are looking at you again, jealousy and judgement has been ignited toward you, because the enemy can so easily ensnare when unforgiveness is there. Chaos and captivity lies behind the pretty packages of perfection. Only I know the truth, and the truth will always be revealed and my truth will always prevail. 

The enemy can so easily ensnare when unforgiveness is there

I am purging and purifying my children in this time. Painful things are arising in the process and the enemy is attempting to take hold of them while they are exposed and laid bare. But those who process with me, who rest in me, who hide in me, who take it to the cross and not to conversation, will be healed, made whole and released into freedom. I am calling them. I am calling them by name. I have a great plan for for them, I plan to use them, promote them, position them, for such a time as this – but all my children who are called to arise and overcome and walk victoriously in this time must first walk through the fire of purification.

Those who take it to the cross and not to conversation, will be healed, made whole and released into freedom

You are a forerunner and the process you have walked through in the past few weeks, months, and years is what I am doing in my Body right now. My Bride is being made beautiful. I am drawing her to me, for a greater time ahead, which has just begun. Many will not respond to the call. Many will choose to remain in bondage to bitterness. Many will be unwilling to forgive and will choose to hold on to the pain of the past instead of being released into the freedom of the future. Many will choose to retell their narrative, instead of being enlightened by MY truth – THE story. Many will not like the way my Spirit is about to move and will remain imprisoned to the spirit of religion instead of being catapulted into my Spirit of freedom and love. Your ability to truly bless is the sign that you have been set free. Continue to bless. Continue to speak blessing from your lips towards them. Continue to allow true blessing to overflow from your heart and mind, your thoughts and feelings. Continue to pray and declare abundant blessing over them and their lives. As you bless I will take care of the rest.

Many will choose to remain in bondage to bitterness – to hold on to the pain of the past instead of being released into the freedom of the future

A great line is being drawn in the sand at this time, and those who are able to let go of the past and learn to love will be catapulted into the great and mighty things I am doing and about to do. But those who are afraid and allow fear to dictate to their minds how and what my Spirit ‘should’ look like will miss the call, miss the moment, and ultimately miss what I have for them at such a time as this. I need my Esther’s to arise in purpose, faith, courage and boldness. I need my people to lay aside their agendas, their beliefs, their ‘theology’ and ‘doctrines’ and to be open and sensitive to my Spirit who is about to pour out the new wine – but only those with new wineskins will be able to recognise and align with my great and mighty move.

A line is being drawn in the sand and in time it will be obvious to recognise who has been set free and walking with me, and those whose minds could not let go of the way it ‘should’ be, or let go of unforgiveness, pain, bitterness, jealousy, judgement, comparison, competition. 

Religion and freedom are coming into collision. 

It will be obvious to recognise who has been set free and walking with me, and those whose minds could not let go of the way it ‘should’ be

“Beloved, let us [unselfishly] love and seek the best for one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves [others] is born of God and knows God [through personal experience]. The one who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love. [He is the originator of love, and it is an enduring attribute of His nature.] 1 JOHN 4:7-8 AMP

“Delightfully loved ones, if he loved us with such tremendous love, then “loving one another” should be our way of life! No one has ever gazed upon the fullness of God’s splendour. But if we love one another, God makes his permanent home in us, and we make our permanent home in him, and his love is brought to its full expression in us.

Our love for others is our grateful response to the love God first demonstrated to us. Anyone can say, “I love God,” yet have hatred toward another believer. This makes him a phony, because if you don’t love a brother or sister, whom you can see, how can you truly love God, whom you can’t see? For he has given us this command: whoever loves God must also demonstrate love to others.” 1 John 4:11-12, 19-21 TPT

“When you sit enthroned under the shadow of Shaddai, you are hidden in the strength of God Most High. He’s the hope that holds me and the Stronghold to shelter me, the only God for me, and my great confidence. He will rescue you from every hidden trap of the enemy, and he will protect you from false accusation and any deadly curse. His massive arms are wrapped around you, protecting you. You can run under his covering of majesty and hide. His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping you from harm.” Psalms 91:1-4 TPT

“Forgive us the wrongs we have done as we ourselves release forgiveness to those who have wronged us.” “And when you pray, make sure you forgive the faults of others so that your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you withhold forgiveness from others, your Father withholds forgiveness from you.” Matthew 6:12, 14-15 TPT

“But instead be kind and affectionate toward one another. Has God graciously forgiven you? Then graciously forgive one another in the depths of Christ’s love.” Ephesians 4:32 TPT

“In every relationship be swift to choose peace over competition, and run swiftly toward holiness, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Watch over each other to make sure that no one misses the revelation of God’s grace. And make sure no one lives with a root of bitterness sprouting within them which will only cause trouble and poison the hearts of many.” Hebrews 12:14-15 TPT

“Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honour. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offence. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 TPT

“You are always and dearly loved by God! So robe yourself with virtues of God, since you have been divinely chosen to be holy. Be merciful as you endeavour to understand others, and be compassionate, showing kindness toward all. Be gentle and humble, unoffendable in your patience with others. Tolerate the weaknesses of those in the family of faith, forgiving one another in the same way you have been graciously forgiven by Jesus Christ. If you find fault with someone, release this same gift of forgiveness to them. For love is supreme and must flow through each of these virtues. Love becomes the mark of true maturity.” Colossians 3:12-14 TPT

“And now you must repent and turn back to God so that your sins will be removed, and so that times of refreshing will stream from the Lord’s presence.” Acts 3:19 TPT

“And whenever you stand praying, if you find that you carry something in your heart against another person, release him and forgive him so that your Father in heaven will also release you and forgive you of your faults. But if you will not release forgiveness, don’t expect your Father in heaven to release you from your misdeeds.” Mark 11:25-26 TPT

“No weapon that is formed against you will succeed; And every tongue that rises against you in judgment you will condemn. This [peace, righteousness, security, and triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And this is their vindication from Me,” says the LORD.” ISAIAH 54:17 AMP

“She has been forgiven of all her many sins. This is why she has shown me such extravagant love. But those who assume they have very little to be forgiven will love me very little.” Luke 7:47 TPT

“How ecstatic you can be when people insult and persecute you and speak all kinds of cruel lies about you because of your love for me! So leap for joy—since your heavenly reward is great. For you are being rejected the same way the prophets were before you.” Matthew 5:11-12 TPT

“Brothers and sisters, when I was with you I found it impossible to speak to you as those who are spiritually mature people, for you are still dominated by the mind-set of the flesh…. Ask yourselves: Is there jealousy among you? Do you compare yourselves with others? Do you quarrel like children and end up taking sides? If so, this proves that you are living your lives centred on yourselves, dominated by the mind-set of the flesh, and behaving like unbelievers.” 1 Corinthians 3:1, 3 TPT

“Since each of you are part of God’s family never complain or grumble about each other so that judgment will not come on you, for the true Judge is near and very ready to appear!” James 5:9 TPT

“Confess and acknowledge how you have offended one another and then pray for one another to be instantly healed, for tremendous power is released through the passionate, heartfelt prayer of a godly believer!”James 5:16 TPT

“So abandon every form of evil, deceit, hypocrisy, feelings of jealousy and slander… When he was verbally abused, he did not return with an insult; when he suffered, he would not threaten retaliation. Jesus faithfully entrusted himself into the hands of God, who judges righteously.” 1 Peter 2:1, 23 TPT

“Now, this is the goal: to live in harmony with one another and demonstrate affectionate love, sympathy, and kindness toward other believers. Let humility describe who you are as you dearly love one another. Never retaliate when someone treats you wrongly, nor insult those who insult you, but instead, respond by speaking a blessing over them—because a blessing is what God promised to give you. For the Scriptures tell us: Whoever wants to embrace true life and find beauty in each day must stop speaking evil, hurtful words and never deceive in what they say. Always turn from what is wrong and cultivate what is good; eagerly pursue peace in every relationship, making it your prize. For the eyes of the Lord Yahweh rest upon the godly, and his heart responds to their prayers. But he turns his back on those who practice evil.” 1 Peter 3:8-12 TPT

“Above all, constantly echo God’s intense love for one another, for love will be a canopy over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 TPT

“Here is how God’s children can be clearly distinguished from the children of the Evil One. Anyone who does not demonstrate righteousness and show love to fellow believers is not living with God as his source… Yet we can be assured that we have been translated from spiritual death into spiritual life because we love the family of believers. A loveless life remains spiritually dead. Everyone who keeps hating a fellow believer is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.” 1 John 3:10, 14-15 TPT

“And remember that judgment is merciless for the one who judges others without mercy. So by showing mercy you take dominion over judgment!” James 2:13 TPT

“But if there is bitter jealousy or competition hiding in your heart, then don’t deny it and try to compensate for it by boasting and being phony… So wherever jealousy and selfishness are uncovered, you will also find many troubles and every kind of meanness. But the wisdom from above is always pure, filled with peace, considerate and teachable. It is filled with love and never displays prejudice or hypocrisy in any form and it always bears the beautiful harvest of righteousness! Good seeds of wisdom’s fruit will be planted with peaceful acts by those who cherish making peace.  What is the cause of your conflicts and quarrels with each other? Doesn’t the battle begin inside of you as you fight to have your own way and fulfil your own desires? You jealously want what others have so you begin to see yourself as better than others. You scheme with envy and harm others to selfishly obtain what you crave—that’s why you quarrel and fight…” James 3:14, 16-18 4:1-2 TPT

“Dear friends, as part of God’s family, never speak against another family member, for when you slander a brother or sister you violate God’s law of love. And your duty is not to make yourself a judge of the law of love by saying that it doesn’t apply to you, but your duty is to obey it! There is only one true Lawgiver and Judge, the One who has the power to save and destroy—so who do you think you are to judge your neighbour?” James 4:11-12 TPT

“Don’t bad-mouth each other, friends. It’s God’s Word, his Message, his Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk. You’re supposed to be honouring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it. God is in charge of deciding human destiny. Who do you think you are to meddle in the destiny of others?” James 4:11-12 MSG