How often I hear or know about Christians who hold grudges is truly astounding. Who are we to think that we have any right in any given situation to hold something over someone’s head and still expect Jesus who gave it all to forgive us for the things we do that are wrong? (Now that’s a long question!)
Really? Do you feel that being angry at your friend for speaking evil against you gets you anywhere? Do you think for a moment that the feeling of animosity you have toward that parent who wronged you does you any good? What about the person who fails to speak to you or the child who disrespected you? These questions could be endless, but the fact remains for the Christian that forgiveness is the only way to a real relationship with God.
Here is what the Word says in Matthew 6, “…If you forgive others for their sins, your Father in heaven will also forgive you for your sins. But if you don’t forgive others, your Father in heaven will not forgive your sins.” What kind of trade is that? Are we really willing to give up our relationship with the Father to feel hatred toward another?
Think of the person in your life right now who has been, maybe for years, holding something against you or vis versa. Now–forgive them. I mean really forgive them. Don’t just say it with words, but take action with them. I don’t know what means for you, but take action!
When the forgiveness takes place, understand and know the blessing of relationship with the Father. Know that His heart has been done good. Release all feelings of guilty, anger, pride, and whatever else resides in your heart and live in freedom in Christ.