I 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.