Passage 61: Free Yourself from Grudges: It Is Worse than Debt

Reflection

Last week, I sent an email about counting our blessings. Thereafter, I received a reply from someone. I could not tell you her name (as I have not asked for her permission). However, I could paraphrase what she said: “…not only counting blessings but also remembering blessings — it is a great gift.”

It made me think. Does counting my blessings, not remembering my blessings? 

After a couple of minutes, I then knew what she meant. Remembering my blessings is having them with me all day long whether I am sad or happy, productive or not, alone or with many.

Remembering is indeed a great gift. Many could not remember the beauty they once had experienced in life simply because of a grudge.

If last week was about remembering our blessings, This week is about forgetting our grudges to others.

Free yourself from grudges. It is worse than having a debt.

Please join me for 5 minutes in prayer.

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (James 1:19-20)

“You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:17-18)

And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. (Mark 11:25)

Prayer

Father in Heaven,

You have been the father to many who have come before me. You are Holy, the only true God. You have loved me from the very beginning.

Bless me and keep me away from anger. Let me not hold grudges against others. And give me the grace to forgive people, situations, and even the grace to forgive myself.

Father, it is only by Your grace that I may truly forgive. In the name of Jesus, bless me and give me the grace to forgive. Amen.

Challenge

  • Avoid getting angry. Smile more.
  • Don’t hold grudges. Learn to forget.
  • Forgive. Give yourself a chance to be free.

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