September 24, 2012

Resentment & Forgiveness

This weekend was a whirlwind, and I am so blessed to have spent time with my sweet family.  I'll write a post about it this week, but I just wanted to quickly share a quote that really resonated with me tonight at our Bible study:

"Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies."
-Nelson Mandela

Forgiveness is a choice, and it is not always easy, but if you let the anger and resentment build up, the only person it is going to negatively affect is you.  Bitterness, anger, hurt, and withdrawal - certainly nothing any of us want to feel.  The longer you resent, the more it builds up and the worse you feel.  That's not a pleasant way to live, and it's certainly not going to help us become more like Christ. 

Forgiveness is a way to extend God's love to others.  Don't hold back the opportunity to witness to others and help them see God's love and grace.  I like to think about it not in terms of we must forgive others so God will forgive us, but that God forgave us our sins out of love, so we should strive to forgive others to share his love.

God is the only one who can give us the power to forgive, and we must pray for help.  I love what Jeff Cavins said in the video tonight: "Don't rehearse, don't curse, and don't nurse those feelings."  Instead, "cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7).  

And that's what's on my heart tonight! 


1 comment:

  1. Well said...or written : ) Caitlin! Happy Tuesday!