FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
“But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”
1 John 2:11 (ESV)
KNOWING GOD: DON’T HOLD GRUDGES
Once armies carried cannonballs with them, afraid they would meet the enemy somewhere and have nothing to shoot at it. In terms of specific gravity, grudges are about as heavy as cannonballs. But it makes little sense to carry them. Most likely, the “enemy” is unaware of your enmity, and surely would be surprised to learn that you’ve been stalking him with a cannonball in your pocket. So, examine your grudges. Do what armies do when hostilities are over: unload the cannonballs and stack them on the courthouse lawn. Then marvel at how much easier it is to get around. (James Alexander Thom, Nuggets)
1 John 2:11 teaches that the person walking around carrying the cannonballs of a grudge is spiritually blind. Mike pointed out that they are blind to how much they’ve been forgiven; blind to the high cost of bitterness; and they’re blind to what God wants.
Ask God to show you any grudges that you are holding? Ask God to show you what that grudge is costing you emotionally, physically and spiritually. Ask God to help you lay it down and walk without the unnecessary weight of grudges.
Praise God for the mercy He has shown you. Praise God for the ability to lay down grudges you are carrying by showing people the same mercy He has shown you.