Sometimes it’s on purpose. Many times it’s on accident. But the truth is, in life, we all get hurt. We all get wounded. We all get hurt.
The hurts that are accidental, while they still hurt, at least we can understand that. In our lives, we have hurt others ourselves. No one likes that. But, at least it’s understandable. Not likable. But understandable.
But, what about the hurts that weren’t accidents. What about the ones that are on purpose. What about the folks that have went out of their way to hurt us?
Listen to what Paul says this morning in Romans 12:17-19:
Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
Don’t repay evil with evil. Do the best to live with honor. Live at peace with others. Don’t avenge yourself or seek revenge.
In short, let go and leave it God. Leave those things to God.
And that’s hard. Our natural impulse is to want to get revenge. Our natural impulse is to want to get back at others. Our natural impulse is not to let go.
But, when we hold it against others. When we seek to get them back, when we hold that grudge, we harden our own hearts.
We don’t hurt them. We hurt ourselves. When we hold a grudge against someone, it doesn’t even bother them.
I’ve heard it said – hold a grudge or not forgiving someone is like me drinking a poison, and expecting it to kill them.
It will only kill me. It will only harm me.
So is it with unforgiveness and grudges. Today, leave them with God. Give them to Him. Let Him have them.
He said He will take care of it in the end. Let’s learn to let go. And let’s trust Him in that.
Today, let’s forgive!
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