It is really easy for me to hold a grudge. I can harbor bitterness at the drop of a hat when I am not right with God. Even when I am right with God, it is difficult to withstand the temptation of not holding a grudge against someone. Jesus tells us plainly we are to Die to our Grudges and offer forgiveness.
“He said to His disciples, ‘Offenses will certainly come, but woe to the one they come through! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to stumble. Be on your guard. If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and comes back to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.” Luke 17:1-4
Yes you read it correctly. Even if someone sins against you multiple times, God calls us to forgive them. It does not read, you must continue to keep a tally of the wrongs they are doing against you so that at just the right time in the future you can bring out your sheet, wave it in their face, and justify your own wrong doing or use it to get what you want out of it. NO! We are to forgive and to continue to forgive.
Jesus had plenty of reason to keep a tally of all the sins that were being committed to Him just in the short time He was here on earth. Did He hold a grudge? Did we see Him hanging on the cross yelling out all the wrongs we had committed and then removing Himself from the cross. NO! He trusted His Father to be the One to right all the wrongs.
Jesus died to the grudge He could have held and forgave every single one of us way more than seven times and offered His life for our past, present, and future sins. Our love for Him should reflect this in our own relationships here on earth. We should be willing to follow Christ’s example of dying to our grudges so that those around us may see the forgiving God we serve and place their trust in Him for eternity?