Have you ever wondered why you’re not making progress in life, despite your best efforts? It’s like there’s an invisible force holding you back, preventing you from reaching your goals. For Segun, it’s a recurring pattern that hinders his advancement, whether it’s in academics or professional pursuits. Cynthia experiences a string of failed relationships, each one promising but ending in disappointment. And Abiba, just as she’s on the verge of promotion, is repeatedly struck by mysterious illnesses, derailing her career growth.
What could be the underlying factor that causes our prayers to bounce off an invisible glass ceiling? What keeps us from moving forward, despite doing everything else right?
Dear brothers and sisters, while there may be various reasons, one stands out among them: unforgiveness. Unforgiveness is a prison, and the one locked inside is not the intended captive. When we hold onto grudges and refuse to forgive, we unknowingly confine ourselves. It has been said that unforgiveness is like holding onto someone only to realize that we are the ones truly incarcerated. Unforgiveness becomes a major roadblock to progress.
The largest psychiatric hospital in London once declared, “If these patients only knew the power of forgiveness, we could discharge half of them immediately.” Many individuals are mentally and emotionally burdened, trapped in a cycle of sickness, simply because they have not chosen to forgive. Likewise, when asked about the biggest obstacle in people’s lives, renowned evangelist Billy Graham responded, “Unforgiveness. I believe that 75 percent of patients in hospitals could be healed if they would forgive.”
But what makes forgiveness so difficult? Well, we have all experienced hurt in our lives. Fathers and churches often become the perpetrators of this pain, with high numbers of individuals feeling wounded and harboring resentments. People have been mistreated by their fathers, betrayed by church leaders, and let down by those they trusted. Consequently, unforgiveness takes root.
Jesus Himself taught us the importance of forgiveness, saying, “If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with God” (Matthew 5:23-24).
When you approach God with unresolved issues and unforgiveness, your prayers are hindered. Forgiveness is not easy, but God’s grace is readily available to help us through this process. Today, tap into that abundant grace and choose to break free from the trap of unforgiveness. It’s time to align your prayers with the protocol of forgiveness and experience true progress and freedom.
No mama in the village has permission to hold you if you are not holding yourself first!