Many of us are trapped in unforgiveness not for others but for ourselves. We can neglect important duties and when we realize our failings experience a strong sense of guilt. This can happen even in the pursuit of God’s will. Only the Lord can set us free from this prison of forgiveness, and it is His will to set us free by His grace. Far from a cop out or an occasion to go in the wrong direction, this disposition of the Lord should lead us to worship, gratitude, and a transformation of heart. Our adversary would prefer us to wallow in unforgiveness to the point that it constricts our effectiveness for the Kingdom of God, so the next time the Devil reminds you of your past remind him of his future!
Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.