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The Consequences Of Disobedience & Unforgiveness

The Consequences of Disobedience and Unforgiveness:

The fabric of our spiritual lives is heavily woven with the threads of Divine commandments and the grace of forgiveness. The repercussions of not adhering to God’s commandments and withholding forgiveness are twofold in spiraling downward in our spiritual lives. The act of defiance in the face of God’s Word can and WILL be detrimental to our overall eternal life and we can possibly be in jeopardy of losing our salvation.

The Gravity of Disobedience

Disobedience to God’s commandments is a path fraught with peril. The scriptures warn, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Sin, the act of disobedience, separates us from the love and fellowship of our Creator. It brings a dividing line that can split us from our Father thereby affecting our whole demeanor, especially our souls.

The Bitter Fruit of Unforgiveness

Unforgiveness is a heavy chain that binds the heart. It is written, “But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:15). By harboring unforgiveness, we impede the flow of God’s mercy in our own lives.

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

Jesus illustrates the folly of unforgiveness in the parable of the unmerciful servant (Matthew 18:23-35). The servant, forgiven a great debt, refuses to forgive a fellow servant a small sum. The master’s wrath upon this servant’s hypocrisy is a sobering reminder: “So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses” (Matthew 18:35).

The Dangers of a Hardened Heart

A heart hardened by disobedience and unforgiveness is likened to fallow ground. The book of Hebrews cautions, “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God” (Hebrews 3:12). A hardened heart is a breeding ground for spiritual decay. It is a bowl of bitterness that will corrupt one’s soul eating away at the whole individuals outside and inside appearance.

The Ripple Effect of Our Actions

Our actions have a ripple effect, impacting not only our lives but also the lives of those around us. Proverbs states, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). Transparency and repentance pave the way for healing and restoration.

The Moral Imperative

The moral imperative is clear: to live in obedience to God and to forgive others as we have been forgiven. “Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).

Reflective Thoughts

Let us reflect on the state of our hearts:

  • Are we walking in obedience to God’s commandments, or are we straying from His path?
  • Have we allowed unforgiveness to take root in our hearts, and if so, what steps can we take to release it?
  • How can we cultivate a spirit of humility and repentance in our daily walk with God?

“Dear LORD, our God, who art in heaven, Your name is Holy and revered. We beseech You to search our hearts, to reveal any disobedience or unforgiveness that may dwell within. Grant us the courage to confess our sins and the grace to extend forgiveness to those who have wronged us. May our lives be a testament to Your Beautiful love and mercy. In the precious name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.”


In conclusion, the scriptures provide a stark warning about the consequences of disobedience and the poison of unforgiveness. As we navigate the complexities of life, let us heed the call to obedience and embrace the liberating power of forgiveness. For in doing so, we align ourselves with the heart of God and experience the fullness of His grace.


C D SWANSON is an Author of 22 plus books, freelance writer, contributor to various websites, including The Bottom Line Ministries/Faith News. She's an active member of Faithwriters- and has her online website/ministry for over 15 years. It is her greatest joy to write what’s in her heart, and thus her favorite form of expression is in her devotionals. She and her husband share a deep love of God and dote on their fur baby Mickey. Retired Director from Long Term Healthcare Industry, she continues to be an advocate for many. To check out other writings of this author you can go here:

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  1. Very good. Those of us who have been saved a long time, need to be reminded of this, as well as new Christians. It is easy at any level of spiritual growth, to fall into the trap of bitterness, anger, resentment, and unforgiveness. Thanks for the great reminder.

    • Dale,
      So -you are such a gifted writer and man of faith -that I am humbled by your kind comments on my articles. Thank you so much! Of course, it goes without saying that the inspiration all belongs to the LORD – for it is He who both leads and guides me.

      Have a blessed night~

  2. That is a beautiful prayer Camille. I think that one of the one of the ways to cultivate a spirit of humility and repentance is to pray that prayer with sincerity and openness to what the Spirit of God reveals. I have stolen your prayer and have it printed before me in my office. Thanks!!

    • Hello Dear Friend,
      Amen! I’m so glad the prayer touched your heart Jennifer – that comes from Him – He is my inspiration, as I’ve told other writers – our articles are all reflections of His Spirit guiding us.
      Thank you for your kind words and comments.
      God Bless you and yours~

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