There are sins that one can easily call unforgivable. I think of Christian children in Syria, Israel, Iraq and Gaza who have been beheaded by the Islamic horde. To ask a father and mother to forgive these demon swarms seems like asking too much.
However there is a secret to forgiveness about which most believers are not well-taught. God cannot exact vengeance or retribution without your prior forgiveness. Of course, He Himself may decide that an evil is so egregious that He acts to bring down judgment all on His own. I believe we can expect to see that happen.
God has a special hatred for killers of innocent children. Whole societies have been judged because of what the Bible calls the sin of Molech.
Leviticus 20 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Again, you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘Whoever of the children of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell in Israel, who gives any of his descendants to Molech, he shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. I will set My face against that man, and will cut him off from his people, because he has given some of his descendants to Molech, to defile My sanctuary and profane My holy name.
The god Molech demanded the sacrifice of children and the penalty to the parent or relative was death. This is serious business.
Egypt, after it slaughtered the Hebrew children roughly between 1290 and 1440 B.C.E., was never again a world power, even until today. The same is true of the great Roman Empire. What happened to it? They slaughtered about 6,000 Hebrew babies when Jesus was born and poof – in no time they are a dim memory on the European continent. Italy came back after it endorsed Christianity. In the expanse of history one learns that God not only is not dead, He isn’t even napping.
Your future depends on your forgiveness
How does this work? Simply put, your unforgiveness ties His hands. He would like to judge and bring vengeance but you are standing in His way.
Romans 12:19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
When He says “it is mine” He means, “it is not yours.” The principle is simple but for many it is certainly not easy. We all marveled when some women who were snatched and trapped as sex slaves said they had forgiven their captors. Years of slavery in someone’s dark, wet basement is worse than any time ever served in Alcatraz. Yet it is possible to do so. Forgiveness frees you – and places them, whomever they are – on God’s hit list. It may take some time for us to see the results.
In my own memory I’ve had to forgive some very nasty business – theft, slander, revenge, rape. In most cases I have later learned of some ghastly judgment they endured that had nothing at all to do with me.
God does that by the way. He may be judging them for sins against you, but He doesn’t let on. That is because you gave up your right to judge them. One man lost his ministry. A woman had an accident so unusual and so disfiguring I can’t contemplate the pain. However these two had a long list of victims, unbeknownst to me.
God handles vengeance in his own time
God is not accountable to tell you what He has done or what He will do in your case. It was several years in both these cases that I learned through mutual friends of their troubles. Once God takes your case, you are off it. He becomes your attorney and the Judge. Stand back and watch the judgments of the Lord.
As I write this I believe we can apply this to the terrorists who are wreaking havoc across the globe, and coming to our Texas border. We are not asked to let them in, or refrain from fighting them with every ounce. We have a right and a responsibility to defend ourselves against what is Satanic.
But having said all, stand and see what God will do.
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