Ephesians 4:32(KJV)
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

I was reading this scripture this past Sunday AM after I woke up and all of the sudden I saw something I had not seen before, even though I have read this scripture numerous times. I saw that when we are kind, gentle and forgiving, that keeps our heart tender toward The Spirit of God and the Word of God. On the opposite side of that, when we are harsh, hard, bitter or hold on to a little unforgiveness or grudge (this can manifest as disappointment, frustration, irritation, hurt, feeling unappreciated or mistreated) when we hold on to that it callouses our heart to the things of God and makes it very difficult to ACCURATELY hear what the Spirit of God is saying. The Word the Holy Spirit actually gave me is the word "cauterize". When we hold on to a little grudge or unforgiveness we cauterize our heart. That word defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is defined as: to make insensible : to DEADEN. WOW!! That's what the enemy wants to do! He wants us to become insensible and DEADEN our hearts, cutting us off from our life source (the Word and the Holy Spirit) so we become less and less sensitive to the Spirit of God until eventually we can no longer detect his voice. That reminds me of a specific scripture, 1 Timothy 4:2: "Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron." Even a Christian can get to the place where lying is common place because their hearts have been so seared it does not even bother them anymore. Walking in kindness and forgiveness is just one way to keep your heart tender and pure to the things of God. If you are feeling mistreated and under-appreciated, that is one of the first steps to getting into unforgiveness. Remember, the devil is the ACCUSER. If you are having thoughts of accusations against someone, even if they did do something wrong to you, that is not the Holy Spirit, it is the enemy endeavoring to get you on the wrong path so he can lead you in destruction and death. When we remain in kindness and keep an attitude of forgiveness (which is our true nature anyways) we stay on God's radio frequency. When we get into harshness, being hard with each other, accusatory, and unforgiving we just changed the station, and that makes it challenging, if not impossible, to accurately hear from the Spirit of God. When we choose to abide in 1 Corinthians 13 and live a life of forgiveness and love, we walk in the newness of life and we have life abundantly because we recognize the Good Shepherd's voice and we are doing His will. Don't you just love the Holy Spirit! I love how He takes the Word of God and makes it so plain for us!

-Ashely Robbins 

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