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This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Grudge Match

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” - C.S. Lewis

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. - Ephesians 4:31-32

Grudge: “a persistent feeling of ill will or resentment resulting from a past insult or injury” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Think back to time you were offended. I know you can. We all can. What do you think of that person who offended or hurt you? Are you angry? Perhaps you still hold hate for that person. Now think of a time you offended someone. What if they hated you because of it? “But I’m different now.” Is the thought that comes to mind. How would they know that? Perhaps that person we’re struggling to like and to love is different too. Perhaps they’ve laid awake at night wishing they hadn’t done some of the things they’ve done. Just like we have. “I’m waiting for an apology.” Is another thought that’s crossed my mind. Maybe they are too. “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” When asked how to pray, that’s what Jesus taught. A central part of prayer according to Christ is to speak of forgiveness. We know the “forgive me” part, but do we know the “I forgive you,” part? How many grudges could be avoided and healed if we chose to forgive? How many more people could be friends if we gave them a benefit of the doubt that we’d like to receive too? Too often we let something that happened years ago control our emotions. Too often we freeze people’s character in our minds, disallowing them to develop. We don’t expect for years passed to not age someone physically, so why do we expect the years to leave their characters untouched? Perhaps they are the same person they were 10 years ago, maybe even worse. Are we any different? The fact is, everyone changes. People feel remorse. People feel guilty for their carelessness. Other people have the same feelings we have. Even the one’s we’re angry at. Why don’t we let them change? Why don’t we let them develop? Why don’t we allow them the benefits we demand and expect for ourselves. Pray for them. Forgive them. We’re all children of God. He’s working on us all. Let the grudges go and let love in. He’s not 15 anymore and she’s much older now. We’ve all developed through the years and the days. There have been times when we’ve changed moment to moment. Let’s have grace for one another. Christ died for us all. Not because we were worthy, but because we weren’t and He was. As followers of Christ, shouldn’t we try to emulate that same grace towards others? I wonder of God approves of our grudges. I wonder if He’d really rather we forgive each other. We don’t have to be naive. We can still protect ourselves from being hurt. But we have to forgive in order to be happy. But we need help. Let’s give our hurts to God and let Him win our grudge matches. We won’t be able to do it without Him.

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,
Jake

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