Hey You, TEAR DOWN THAT WALL!
Let us have a single backtrack in history. In June 12, 1987, former US President Ronald Reagan made a speech at the Brandenburg Gate near the Berlin Wall, challenging the former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev to dismantle the Berlin Wall that divided the city of Berlin, Germany. During that time, that nation was divided into communist East Germany and democratic West Germany. The wall also became the symbol of the Cold War. During his speech, President Reagan quoted this famous line, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”. After two years, the Wall finally fell.
Maybe for some of you, God is telling you that same line. Maybe God is saying to you, “(Your name), tear down this wall!” But what’s that wall I’m talking about? I’m going to point out the wall of unforgiveness and bitterness.
Why break that wall? I’m going to show you a picture that says it all:
If you have built a wall of unforgiveness and bitterness to the person who had offended you, it’s not just leaving your built relationship to rot, it also separates you from God. It also serves as a prison for you. Why? Because of that wall, you are being tortured emotionally when you see that person who had offended you.
How can I break this wall? You will only need one sledgehammer, and that’s what we call FORGIVENESS. How can I forgive? Jesus taught us how to forgive:
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
– Matthew 18:21-22
Jesus is not saying, “When it comes to 77, you’re out!” No! It means, we should forgive as many as you can. For further understanding about that Scripture, read Matthew 18:22-35.
Yes folks, we need to forgive those person who had offended you, and release all the bitterness towards him/her. That will break the wall of unforgiveness and bitterness. And when that wall falls, that’s the time God will move in your life.
For some of you reading this post, and you have built that wall, this is what God is saying to you right now, “(Your name), tear down this wall!“
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
– Matthew 6:14-15