For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: Matthew 6:14
READ: Matthew 18:23-35
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee?
34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Peter 2, Ezekiel 43-44
From our Bible reading for today, it is evident that whenever you hold a grudge against anyone, God will not forgive you of your wrongs. Isn’t that serious? Come to think of it, why would someone offend you, and you end up being punished because of the person.
It doesn’t add up. The fact remains that a person holding a grudge can be likened to the one consuming poison yet expecting another fellow to die in his/ her stead. When you hold a grudge against anyone, you are gradually killing yourself. While the fellow lives in peace, you would keep hurting yourself by being in a bad mood whenever you see him/her or remember what was done against you.
Why not just let go and save yourself all the hurt? Mark 11:25 says: “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
In every way, you are at a disadvantaged position if you refuse to let go of any wrong done against you, no matter how painful and grievous it was.
Forgive anyone who has offended you today, and bless the fellow.
I am Thine O Lord I have heard Thy voiceAnd it told Thy love to meBut I long to rise in the arms of faithAnd be closer drawn to Thee
Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed LordTo the cross where Thou hast diedDraw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed LordTo Thy precious, bleeding side
Consecrate me now to Thy service, LordBy the pow’r of grace divineLet my soul look up with a steadfast hopeAnd my will be lost in Thine
Oh, the pure delight of a single hourThat before Thy throne I spendWhen I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my GodI commune as friend with friend
There are depths of love that I cannot knowTill I cross the narrow seaThere are heights of joy that I may not reachTill I rest in peace with Thee.
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