Grace Moments Devotions - December 22, 2020

December 22
Who, me? Grudges?
Pastor Mark Jeske

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). How I love the comfort of that Scripture passage. How I love knowing that my record of moral failings, my idolatries, lies, and omissions, disappear from God’s book of deeds like shaking up an Etch A Sketch. What a relief it is to believe, to know, that my meeting with God personally when I die won’t bring his disgust crashing down on my head.

So why do I hang onto old hurts the way I do? Love “keeps no record of wrongs,” says St. Paul (1 Corinthians 13:5). It sure doesn’t. The real question is whether or not you and I keep a record of wrongs. I think I know why I persist in doing that. Remembering other’s faults is a cheap way for me to feel superior. If I refuse to forgive, I can imagine that I hold the moral high ground. A grudge is like an asset—if I forgive, I give up the issue as a weapon to use for my advantage. I might need that weapon in a future argument.

Jesus told a parable once about an unmerciful servant who had been forgiven an immense debt but who then turned on a fellow servant for a relative pittance. Today is the day for you to dump the anger bag, shake out all the IOU grudges you’ve been hoarding, and release your fellow sinners from your judgment.

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