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The Pharisees said, "This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons" (Matthew 12:24).

Pharisees speak rude and hurtful words about others carelessly and pass judgement on others in their speech. Imagine calling the Son of God, the "head of the demons"!

How did Jesus respond to that evil criticism by the Pharisees? Jesus replied saying,

You have spoken against me, an ordinary man. You are forgiven. But make sure you don't speak against the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:32).
Jesus forgave those Pharisees (as a Man). But God in heaven did not forgive them.

When we sin against anyone, there are two elements to such a sin -

a horizontal element - against the other person; and
a vertical element - against God.
That person must forgive you; and God must also forgive you, if your sin is to be blotted out. But before God forgives anyone, that person has to repent first. So even if a human being forgives you the horizontal element of your sin, you will still face the judgement of God for the vertical element, until you repent and ask for His forgiveness. If one of those Pharisees had gone to Jesus later and said, "Lord I am sorry for calling you Beelzebul. Please forgive me", and then asked God to forgive him, then only would his sin have been blotted out, not otherwise. Jesus warned us that we would be condemned by the words we spoke, at the final judgement (Matthew 12:37).

Do you have a sickness that is not being healed, despite all your prayers and medical treatment? Is it possible that you have disobeyed God's command in Psalm 105:15 "Do not touch my anointed, and don't do any harm to my prophets?" Have you spoken something carelessly about a godly brother? Maybe that is why your sickness is not being healed. Perhaps you have carelessly judged men who are ten thousand times holier than you are and who have done ten thousand times more for God than you have done. Repentance and an apology to that person alone will bring your healing.

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