Friday, December 3, 2010

Grudges


All the talk of Lebron James returning to Clevland since signing with the Miami Heat got me thinking about grudges. No town holds a bigger grudge against an athlete than Clevland holds against Lebron. I mean, the city of Clevland has been looking forward to this moment for months. The Browns are out of it. The Indians were horrible. But, what they could look forward to was totally laying in to Lebron on December 2nd when he came there for the first time since leaving Clevland. And, boy did they let him have it!

Bitterness is just a poison in our lives and the longer we hold on to a hurt, the more control it has over us. The Bible says some pretty interesting stuff about bitterness and unforgiveness. 2 Corinthians 2:10 says "Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven - if there was anything to forgive - I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes." I think one of the schemes of the enemy is bitterness ... unforgiveness. If we could just get even, everything would be better in our lives. The sad reality is we never do get even. We can never get back what was taken from us.

The Bible also says in Ephesians 4:26 - 27 "'In your anger do not sin' Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold." I always found it interesting to read the last part of those verses: "do not give the devil a foothold." It's not that anger in and of itself is wrong ... but anger we hold on to .... well, that gives the devil a foothold in our lives. It gives him an opening. It cracks the door open wide enough for him to come in and wreak havoc (which by the way is all he knows how to do).

Bitterness, unforgiveness ... it does nothing for nobody. What breaks the power of anger is to simply say "You don't owe me anymore. I give up my right to get even." Getting to that point does not come easily. It may take years. But, the only way to break the power of anger in your life is through the power of forgiveness.

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