Mar. 8 -“A grudge is one thing that doesn’t get better when nursed.”- guideposts reader Kathleen H. Burks

12091267_1000036740060553_6247994530229713958_oI didn’t think I held a grudge till I recently met someone I hadn’t seen in years. My mind went immediately to an incident that had transpired between us back in college. It seemed silly but it still bugged me. I had felt betrayed. I wanted justice.

The person probably wouldn’t even remember the incident and here I was robbing my peace by thinking it up again.

Where is the Hope?  Forgiveness is not about the other person. Forgiveness is God’s gift to us to release us from the control of someone who has hurt us. When we hold a grudge, we give them power over our emotions, robbing ourselves of inner peace.

“You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but love your neighbour as yourself”   Leviticus 19:18 (NAS)

Don’t let a grudge rob your peace. Remember forgiveness is  for yourself.

Grace to you.

B.

 

 

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About bshiveofhope

I have worn different hats and travelled down many bunny trails in life- custodian, writer, florist, grandma, community nurse, mom, wife, Jesus Girl. With these vocations have come many stories and life experiences that I want to share with you. They're not all warm and fuzzy, and are sprinkled with humility, and sadness. That's life. We were made for community so let's build each other up with hope and encouragment.
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