Grudges


Leviticus 19:18
Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself.

James 5:9
Grudge not one against another, brethren, least ye be condemned: behold, the judge stands before the door.



 How many times in life have we held a grudge against someone for something they have done to us? As humans, we have a hard time letting go of what people have done. We  really can't talk about grudges without talking about forgiveness. We have to learn to forgive others as Jesus has forgiven us for what we have done. The Bible tells us that we can not be forgiven until we have forgave those that have wronged us. In Matthew 5:23&24, Jesus says "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift." This is a form a Jesus instructing us not to hold grudges against each other. He even goes beyond the extent of forgiveness and tells us that He doesn't even want our offerings to Him until we have reconciled our differences with each other.


When we hold grudges, aren't we really judging the person we hold the grudge against?  In Matthew 7:1&2, Jesus says, "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." If we are holding a grudge, then we, ourselves, will be judged according to the grudge we hold, in other words, what the people, that we hold against, have done to us. So who does the grudge really hurt? It hurts the person that is holding the grudge worse than the person the grudge is against. Usually, people don't even know that we are holding a grudge against them. The one holding the grudge does all the suffering. It really makes no sense to hold things against people because we are only hurting ourselves when we do.


Let us all try to be more forgiving so we are not hurting ourselves. We charge you to let go of all grudges you hold and forgive so that you can forget and live a happier, more fulfilling life.

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