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  • Writer's pictureW. Austin Gardner

What Happens When We Don’t Forgive?

Although we know we are saved by grace alone, there remain consequences if we choose to walk in unforgiveness. Some aspects of our relationship with God are unchangeable, but others are affected by the things that we do.

1. Salvation is unconditional; fellowship with the Father is conditional.

2. Justification before God is unconditional; the anointing of the Spirit is conditional.

3. Our status in the family of God is unconditional; our intimacy with Christ is conditional.

4. Our eternal destiny—whether we go to heaven or to hell—is fixed, but receiving an additional reward is conditional.

R. T. Kendall, Total Forgiveness: When Everything in You Wants to Hold a Grudge, Point a Finger, and Remember the Pain - God Wants You to Lay It All aside (Lake Mary, FL: Charisma House, 2010).

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