So, Jesus had a choice of five different areas to heal people. He chose this one area and this one man; why? Was it that this man was the one who had suffered the longest? Could God want us to know that those of us who have suffered for long periods of time have not been forgotten?
Acts 9 tells us of a man, Saul, going around and persecuting any Christian he could find. God desired to change that and in an awesome way. One day, Saul gets knocked down by a brilliant flash of light. Saul then proceeded to have a one-on-one conversation with the living Christ.
So, are you waiting for that next promotion? Is your ex not paying his proper support? Did disease take someone too early from your life? Was there great division in your organization because of somebody’s words? Have you been shortchanged more times than you care to count any longer?
So, what happens when you harbor unforgiveness? Physically speaking, unforgiveness causes chemical imbalances within our bodies, weakens the immune system, causes fatigue and loss of sleep. Unforgiveness places the person who is holding so tightly to the offense in a prison that is very difficult to break free from. As a result, the person is always clamoring to break free. More often than not, the offender probably doesn’t even know that they offended you.
So, back to our lineages. Obviously, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, and Solomon were known for great faith. We search out how these men did what they did. We want to know how they took the steps they did. Great faith can easily be seen in Jesus. These great men also exhibited a close relationship with God, as did Jesus.