Have you ever held a grudge? I’m sorry to say, I have. It made me feel as if I was in some type of bondage. That’s why I don’t like that word grudge. It even sounds like something awful; something gross that has come to take over. Please don’t let it invade your soul. Let go of that old grudge and be free. Try saying it very slowly – gggrrruuuddddggggeeee; a one syllable word that sounds like urge, judge or shrug. I just don’t like that word – grudge. I don’t appreciate what it means… to continually hold ill feeling against; and I definitely didn’t like the way it had made me feel.
Are you aware a grudge can leave you feeling cold, isolated, and alone? Why would I ever want to hold on to an old grudge, again? It can never comfort like a true friend. It never encourages hugs; but will bug you the wrong way. It steals joy, peace, and contentment, and never leads to repentance. It shrugs that which allows you to be free – forgiveness. So, I urge you to stay away, avoid, resist, and dismiss that spirit of an old grudge. It is a dangerous self-inflicted foe that will leave you on the sidelines, wondering which way to go.
I will keep on thanking God for the freedom to forgive. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com.
“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 19:18 ESV).