Matthew 5:38-48 (ESV)
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
How many grudges do we have that involve hatred? Jesus tells us in Matthew, “If you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” That doesn’t sound like a joke anymore.
How many of us have been hurt by a friend or loved one and we just can't let go of it? Holding on to this hurt or grudge does so much harm. Not really to the other person, most of the time they may not even realize you are upset. The problem is, it hurts you and your relationship with God. Sometimes we think we are “justified” to hold on to this hurt. Are you willing to let this grudge come between you and the forgiveness our Father in Heaven has for you?
Dear Lord, we know we have been hurt and have caused hurt. Please show us any hurt we have caused and help us let go of any grudges we are holding against others. Help us to seek forgiveness and to give forgiveness in return. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
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