Prosperity Made E-Z
By Rev. John W. Adams
Lesson Four – Barrier to Prosperity – 3
Holding on to Resentments
Prosperity Principle: Freedom from resentments is prospering power.
Resentment is an exceptionally strong obstacle to prosperity mastery. The reason for this is, when you hang on to resentments, you are not practicing the presence of God. You deny yourself access to the vast, unlimited resources of Divine Mind. It effectively separates you, in consciousness, from the source of your supply, and inhibits the flow of prospering ideas and energy.
If you are filled with resentment and anger, you cannot feel the love that is your real nature and perpetually enfolds you. Anger and resentment are of the ego. The ego judges by appearances and is usually wrong. Love and forgiveness are of Spirit and always right.
As long as you do not forgive and free yourself from resentment, you are unable to experience the Love that God is. Love is the highest and greatest prospering energy. Through a consciousness of love, you are cared for, your earthly needs are met, and your prosperity desires are fulfilled.
Not only does resentment restrict you from the love that God is, it creates a barrier to powerful, loving relationships including your relationship with money. You are not able to perform your work with joy and real efficiency if you hold resentments toward other people.
Emmet Fox wrote: “The vital importance of forgiveness may not be obvious at first sight, but you may be sure that it is not by chance that every great spiritual teacher has insisted strongly on this.
“You must forgive injuries, not just in words, or as a matter of form, but in your heart – and that is the long and the short of it. You do this, not for the other person’s sake, but for your own sake. Resentment, condemnation, anger, desire to see someone punished are things that rot your soul. Such things fasten your troubles to you with rivets. They fetter you to many other problems that actually have nothing whatever to do with the original grievances themselves.”
Forgiving and releasing resentments are essential to demonstrating the level of prosperity you desire. When you forgive and refuse to hold on to resentments, you experience peace of mind. It is through peace that you are truly prospered.
This was true for a young man who had started his own business. He had a good business plan and seemed to know the way to make it succeed. But his efforts failed and he didn’t know why. When he sought my counsel, I listened to him for a while and learned that he was holding on to some old resentments related to his father and other people. Although the cause of his resentments had happened years before, he was still re-living them and experiencing the anger he had felt at that time. This securely blocks the flow of prospering love energy.
Fortunately, this young man was determined to succeed in his business so he was receptive to guidance. He was counseled to spend some time in bringing to mind anyone and anything that he felt resentment toward. Then he was to lovingly forgive and release them, and to continue this for as long as necessary to be completely free. He was assured this would open the way for the un-restricted flow of prospering love-energy.
At first he didn’t see how these things could keep him from prospering, and questioned the validity of my suggestions, but he reluctantly began to do as instructed. Very diligently he followed through, plus he gave time to consciously loving his father, other people, his business and his customers. When I saw him several months later, his face lighted up as he told me of the change that had come over him and how seemingly easy his business was prospering.
It is profitable to release all resentments and to forgive everyone and everything that needs to be forgiven by you. Remember to forgive yourself for past behaviors and mistakes. This is Love at work, and Love frees you to prosper.
The way to never needing to forgive is to refrain from condemnation.
Prosperity Affirmation: I freely forgive myself and everyone and everything that could possibly need forgiving by me. Love has set me free and I prosper.
Action: Spend some time in thinking about whom or what you may feel resentment toward. Then, forgive them as you release all anger and resentment. Watch your thoughts and feelings for resentments that might come up. Release them quickly and definitely, replacing them with love.
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