Monday, April 30, 2007
Man Tortures Self
No this is not a headline from the National Enquirer.
This is just the sad daily story of many men and women who are holding unforgiveness in their hearts for another person. Could be for the smallest thing. Could be for a great sin done against them. Doesn't matter.
Jesus makes it clear in the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant that when we are unforgiving, after having been forgiven so much by our great Lord and Savior, we will undergo torture (Matt. 18:21-35).
Such has been the testimony of many who held resentment in their hearts. And the sad thing is that sometimes hatred and self-will is such that one actually prefers the torture to letting go of the bitterness.
The answer: A greater revelation of the grace and forgiveness that the Lord has given us. Study it, meditate on it, dwell on the cross, and what it means for you. And realize that if you are a born-again Christian, you are a new creature in Christ. In your spirit, indwelt by the Spirit of Christ, you love. And forgive. Walk by the Spirit. End the torture.
"Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die."