Key Verse: Verse 31 - “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:”
Key Words: be put away from you
Thought: No matter how much you nurse a grudge it won’t get better.
Have you ever noticed that those who are bitter with you have the hardest time complimenting you, and have you ever noticed how they automatically begin to praise your “competition”? When we nurse a grudge we fail to understand that it doesn’t help, but hinders the healing process.
There was a guy that could not get along with his wife and, on top of that, he couldn’t get along with his mother-in-law. In frustration one day, he finally took a long walk. As he was about to return home, he got to the street corner and saw a hearse pull up to the stop sign. It had a big dog in it.
Behind that was another hearse. And then behind that second hearse, about fifty men were walking. He was seized with curiosity and walked up to the first hearse, knocked on the glass and a guy inside rolled his window down. “Yes?” he asked. “What is this?” asked the man.
“Well, in this casket is my wife. And in that casket in the other hearse is my mother-in-law. This big dog killed both of them.
“Hmm. Can I borrow that dog?”
And the guy inside said, “Get in line.”
Anyone can bear a grudge who walks in the flesh; to bear and overcome one has to walk in the spirit.