Why is Bitterness/Unforgiveness the #1 block to healing?
Bitterness/Unforgiveness is a sin. Hebrews 12:14-16 (KJV) says:
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; 16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
Bitterness/Unforgiveness defiles the man (us) and others around us.
In the last section of the Lord’s prayer, Matthew 6:9-15 (KJV) says:
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Mark 11:25-26 (KJV) says:
25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
The Father through His Son, Jesus Christ, made a way for us to be reconciled back to Him through what He accomplished at the cross. The atonement for our sin involved 1) Jesus broken body so that our body could be healed and 2) Jesus shedding His blood so we could be forgiven and saved. Ephesians 1:6-7 (KJV) says:
6 To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace;
When we choose not to forgive God, others, and ourselves, from our heart…
We cannot appropriate or take for ourselves (in our disobedience) what Jesus accomplished (benefits, healing, forgiveness, and salvation) at the cross in His obedience.
God’s benefits are free and accessible to all, but the fullness of those benefits are conditional on our obedience. Anything less, would be hypocrisy and a great spiritual block to receiving anything from God.
1 Samuel 15:22 (KJV) says:
22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
Romans 6:16 (KJV) says:
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?