Binding or Releasing?
“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, I tell you truly that if two of you on the earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven.” Mt 18:18,19.
We only “bind” and cast out sin and dark spiritual influences on others, but do not cast hatred and vitriol on them, for often they may be a victim of unawareness of what’s happening. We are to “loose” salvation through our prayers, blessing, and even gratitude toward God. We choose love, not hate, as Christ’s disciples! Might this be how miracles occur in healing of relationships and ourself? If we hate another, we shoot ourself in the foot, reaping what we sow. Satan also comes in and begins to tempt with the idea of unfaithfulness and adultery, in case of marriages - which he is out to destroy along with beautiful families and all God’s blessing.
Love - not a feeling, but a decision of attitude and a positive action - releases the other person and yourself. Hate binds both, since we understand that whatever we are sowing, we ourselves also will be reaping. So we need to examine our own thoughts, words, and deeds toward another when it comes to this. We may be binding rather than releasing them and then wonder why things do not get better, or were perhaps worse - because “hate bombs” are curses that bind.
When we hate, we curse another. This has severe ramifications. It not only has a binding effect on the other person, but it backfires and starts to bind us into darkness - spirit, soul, and body. We must not allow this to happen. The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy on every level. And he has a big following these days, encouraging many to forsake God, to forsake one another - in the midst of relationships (especially family) whereby God intends His blessing and the expression of love - including our growth in the likeness of Christ.
There’s only one way to break this cycle. As much as it may seem like a really stupid idea according to our reasoning and feelings, we must start to bless deliberately in the name of Jesus, because in all things, that is Who we represent in this life. This is the only way to start turning the impossible around.
Forgiveness releases the other person. Hatred binds both them and us. We cannot expect the other person to change when we spend our time obsessing about their faults and cursing them, ranting against them, even though we may justify our attitude and behavior because they may actually make stupid mistakes. Might some of that have been exacerbated by our cursing them? This only creates havoc in our life, and this is what the evil one wants - in order to rob, kill, and destroy. Sometimes we need to let go of trying to control them, and just let God take it over, which happens through forgiveness which releases them to Him.
Love is an act of faith in God, in trusting Him to bring in His power into the situation. Love is not about feelings of wanting to control. As odd as it may seem, our wanting to “fix” someone is like playing God; it is a form of idolatry and is as the spirit of witchcraft.
To strengthen aggressive love by deciding consistently in its favor is an act of war against folly at a much higher level. Forgiveness means letting go, of not joining sides with the Accuser, who will always want to whisper in our ear about how badly the other person performs. Whenever we activate love, God is activated - because God is love. And there is nothing more powerful than that.
The M.O. must be changed, beginning at the level of thought about one another. There are eternal consequences which ought to make us sit up and take notice. “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” 1 Jn 3:15.
Below are some scriptures to consider, and pray over. They should bring some direction and encouragement along these lines. It’s not always easy to swallow because Jesus is not a marshmallow in His directives for us - He knows what we’re up against and shows us His way to handle it. It begins in ourself. It is useful to “pray the Scriptures” in many of these cases. Learn them by heart as much as possible, so they are always present. The Lord will teach you directly as you meditate on these things.
Ask the Holy Spirit to direct your thoughts, words, and deeds according to God’s word. This is what will bring us through these tough days.
1 Corinthians 13; Psalm 51:10-13; Romans 12:14; Matthew 5:44; 1 Peter 3:9; James 3:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:15; Romans 12:21; 1 Peter 2:21-23; Entire Sermon on the Mount Matthew 5,6,7.
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