Last week, I expanded upon a quote I’d found by tying it to Scripture. This week I’m doing some of those same things, but I’m going to share some personal truths here as well.
Last week, I shared about five things we need to stop doing. One of them was to stop living in the past. Today’s post kind of bridges off of that quote.
Years ago as a student I encountered a teacher who, at the beginning, seemed caring and loving, but the more we came to know her, the more we realized she would go out of her way to tear down her students, to belittle us and stir things up between us. She enjoyed reducing her students to tears and she enjoyed making us feel small and inferior.
I allowed this person to cause a significant amount of emotional damage in my life, and not surprisingly, I held a grudge against this person for many years. Way to live in the past, huh?
It’s been said that holding grudges is allowing someone to live rent free in our heads with no benefit to us. I was too immature at the time to realize that a person who is so quick to destroy you first of all has a problem within themselves. But worse, I was too immature to understand that holding onto all of those things rather than letting them go was doing nothing for me. Who was it actually hurting? Certainly not that person!
The Bible has many verses about holding grudges and forgiveness, but read this verse:
James 1:19-20 (NIV). 19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
Holding grudges is bad for your physical health, but worse still for your spiritual health. When people do us wrong, it’s hard to let go of the anger and forgive them, but as James said, holding in your anger isn’t pleasing to God.
I struggle so much with letting things go. It’s an area of my life that I’ve really been praying about and I hope you’ll pray for me, too. Have a wonderful week.
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