At some time in our relationships, all of us do something that we need forgiveness and mercy. The sincerely happy one is one who lives in an attitude of forgiveness, not defending grudges or keeping the error over the head of the faulty one. Denying to give mercy will stop our obtaining mercy. The eternal law of Yahweh shows that we harvest what we sow. When Jesus commands on mercy, He is prohibiting one of the extremely toxic emotions anyone can ever have. Bitterness can destroy not only a relationship but also a soul. The Bible cautions us to beware of the fatal power of bitterness: Be careful that no one fails to receive Yahweh’s grace and begins to cause trouble between you. A person like that can ruin many of you (Hebrews 12:15). Bitterness does two things: it disturbs us, and it dishonors others.
Our unwillingness to forgive anyone will kill our relationships. It will give us high blood pressure, ulcers, colitis, and it will make our children angry and rebellious. We clearly cannot afford the indulgence of keeping grudges. We need to love and forgive or we die.
We night feel that we are the one who always forgives. This is a situation that bothered the disciples, too: Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, when my fellow believer sins against me, how many times must I forgive him? Should I forgive him as many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, you must forgive him more than seven times. You must forgive him even if he wrongs you seventy times seven (Matthew 18:21-22). The words of Christ are not always easy to live by, but they need to be followed.
Note: I experienced many years of abuse [many types]. I held onto that and felt animosity toward my abusers. At some point along the way with Yahweh’s help, I let it go and forgave all of them. That’s when the healing began. It’s taken more than 15 years to for this healing process to work itself out. I can finally see light at then end of the tunnel. You can too.
Describe what holding a grudge has done to you and your relationships. Comment your experience. And, we’ve “all” experienced this at some point in our lives.
Describe what releasing the grudge has done for you and your relationships. Comment your experience. If you haven’t yet, why not?
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