All of us have good reason to invite Mr. Grudge into the house of our soul. However, if we entertain him, allow him to remain even for a few days—and God help us—welcome him to become a permanent resident—we put our entire soul in danger! Beware, beware!
Mr. Grudge may appear friendly and compassionate, even comforting at times—after all, he seems to understand our pain, and is always ready to affirm that we have every reason to lick our wounds from so and so. But here is the truth: he is the darkest villain and deadliest enemy—a FOX who wishes to destroy our very lives. He licks his lips as he eats us up.
This villain who disguises himself as friend has one–and only one, desire: to steal, kill and destroy our very soul! Mr. Grudge is a fiend of Satan who plants a bitter root that will bring us down, down, down until darkness and slime are the waters in which our soul dwells.
So no matter how comfortable we are with him, we MUST OUST him out of our house—urgently! He is poison! And whoever Mr. Grudge came to discuss with us, forgive that person!
Jesus, lover of our soul, has forgiven us . . . and Jesus asks, no demands— that no matter how little the person seems to deserves it—we must forgive as we have been forgiven. It is inherent in the divine nature to forgive. God is ready and eager to forgive us . . . and as His children—loved and forgiven by GRACE—then we must also forgive.
Forgiveness, hear this, is the deepest expression of love. Forgive and we love as God loves. Forgive and we share in the divine nature.
So love, love, love! Swim in those waters . . . and we will flood our lungs and life with light, and health and peace! Oh yes, breathe, breathe, breathe . . . and the fiend will flee from the fresh air of forgiveness . . and we will be FREE!
Listen to this:
“Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many” (Hebrews 12:14-15).
“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-15).