After a long weekend, where many of us have spent time with family or friends, it’s possible that everyone didn’t get along perfectly. Forgiving is something we all have to face in our lives.
If we aren’t cautious, we can CHOOSE to overlook something or someone we have not forgiven in our own heart. We rationalize it in our minds, which can lead to not forgiving completely.
Many times in my life, I’ve used the excuse that I need to “protect my heart” because I don’t want to get hurt again. By shielding and protecting my own heart, I have allowed little seeds of unforgiveness to be planted. That places a large chip on my shoulder that God never intended for me to have.
Holding onto a grudge is like using a kitchen bowl to drain the oil in your car, rinsing that bowl with water afterwards and then putting ice cream into it. When you don’t forgive completely, there is always a little residue left behind, and until you do, nothing tastes the same.
“Smart people know how to hold their tongue; their grandeur is to forgive and forget.” – Proverbs 19:11 (MSG)