Today I had the opportunity to attend a Beth Moore simulcast at Redeeming Love Family Church in Fayetteville, NC. There was a wonderful group of women there attending from around the state and we were watching this simulcast with a total of 300,000 women from around the world. Absolutely amazing! Pastors Tony and Louisa McKinney and their conference staff did a superb job in serving all of us.
The conference was on the topic of insecurity and ridding ourselves of it. One of the examples that Beth shared that I thought would really speak to you was an example about a tapeworm. She shared with us that many years ago women would actually purchase cleansed tape worms to use for losing weight. Can you believe it? They would use tape worms (how they knew they were cleansed, I don’t understand) to eat up the nutrients they consumed. She then likened unforgiveness in the life of a believer to a tape worm. All of the spiritual nutrition we receive as we study the Scripture and listen to teachings is eaten up by the tape worm of unforgiveness and therefore bears no fruit in our lives.
Friends, if you have received Christ into your life, then you have been forgiven of much that you did not deserve to be forgiven of. The reality of the grace of God in our lives should empower us to give grace to others. I want to encourage you today that if you have been hurt; if you have been offended; if someone has falsely accused you, betrayed you or ignored you, you need to release forgiveness for your sake and for the honor of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is a choice we can make as we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to do so. Let them go and watch the power of God begin to flow through your life again.