Bury a Deep-Rooted Grudge (Ephesians 4:31-32)
Ephesians 4:31-32, Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
You are going to have painful things coming at you from someone at some point in your life. Anyone who has ever tried to do anything for God has faced opposition.
If you’ve been severely criticized without grounds, if you’ve been falsely accused of lies or wrong doing and you’re now paying for something you never did, never retaliate! If you see no further than your critic and his, or her, criticism then you only compound the hurt!
Never give up! No matter what you’ve been through-GOD still has a future for you. If you have been unjustly criticized or dealing right now with a struggle, then you MUST find closure and put it to rest. By doing so you can begin to claim victory in the LORD and all that HE has for you.
Harboring an old grudge is never healthy emotionally or spiritually. What are we to do with old grudges? Learn to blow it off, let it go and forgive them. You can choose to reject an offense. If someone attacks, you can choose to respond in a way that reverses the hurt rather than retain and nurse the hurt. You can refuse to carry an offense in your heart, or you can turn it into a grievance story. Here are a few verses that can help deal with this issue (Matthew 6:14-15; Romans 12:17-21; I Corinthians 13:4-8; Ephesians 4:31-32).
Consider: The delivery man arrived at your front door with a letter and asked you to sign for it. When you asked what is in the letter he looks at his clipboard as says, “The form says this is laced with anthrax”. At that point, you hand the letter back to the delivery man and say, “There‘s no way I‘m signing for this. Return it to the sender!” God will take care of those who willfully offend you. Trust HIM to do it.
Your part is to refuse to sign up for the offense. Refuse to think about it or to talk about it. When we receive an offense we may as well be signing for a letter with anthrax. The more we allow offenses to occupy our minds, the more we begin to develop a criticism story. And the more we rehearse and retell that grievance story we truly do ourselves harm in the long run.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, for too long I have been nursing this grudge and refusing to let go of it and allow You to take it from me. I’m now ready to give it to You. Soften my heart so that it does not become calloused. Keep my spirit right so that it does not become sour. In Jesus name, Amen.
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