Read Colossians 3:1-17
“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” ― Nelson Mandela
When we hold grudges, we think we are hurting the target of the grudge. In reality, we only hurt ourselves. If the target has no clue about the grudge, you are the only one worrying about it. If they do know, eventually they will forget about it, and you will be the only one worrying about it.
Holding a grudge keeps you from sharing God’s word, learning about God’s word, and experiencing God’s love.
We have been ransomed for the price of Jesus’ life, but even more important, we were ransomed for Jesus’ sinless nature. He sacrificed himself and his sinless nature to save us. He became sin so we may obtain life.
I implore you if you are holding a grudge, justified or not, let it go. Each of us has a finite number of days on Earth, and when it is done, we don’t get to come back. You may not have another day to forgive.
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” – Colossians 3:13
One last word, we as Christians are called to correct the sin of other Christians. It is not a judgement on the sinner, but on the sin. It is always to be done in love, and never in a way which will harm the sinner.
“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach AND ADMONISH one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”- Colossians 3:16