Don’t Hold Grudges and Watch your Mouth
Grudges- a persistent feeling of ill will or resentment resulting from a past insult or injury. ( Websters Dictionary). I hope this brings a piece of mind to someone who’s in need of some direction and instruction. As I was meditating this morning on my drive to train a couple of clients I thought about a situation that I was currently dealing with. As I prayed and asked God for guidance he presented this to me by way of a sermon that I had come on by Joel Osteen. The amazing thing about this is that I had been driving in silence and when I said Amen the radio just came on. When it did It was Joel Osteen talking about Ephesians 4:27-30 and how we shouldn’t hold grudges, nurture anger or bitterness. This really hit close to home because I realized I had been holding on to things that was hindering my growth as a christian, a man, husband, father, coach, and leader. I realized that I was not only holding resentment and grudges towards people but I was holding a serious grudge with myself. Verse 29 speaks about not letting foul and profane language come out your your mouth and only use the words you say to build up others and not break them down. I know personally I can sometimes say some things out of anger/frustration that I didn’t mean but the power of the tongue is sharp and by the time I would apologize the damage was already done “mentally”.
Has any of you ever had this happen with you?
It doesn’t mean you’re a bad person if you have cursed at people or even held grudges with others. It only means you’re human and we all fall short of his glory every day. However, these verses tell you how and why you should and shouldn’t behave a certain way. Let the positive and encouraging light shine through you. Build people up and not break them down with your words. This is a lesson that I’m learning as well so I hope what I just shared with you has helped you today. Keep being Strong, Keep God First, and Keep getting better.
Here’s it is
Ephesians 4:27-29, Amplified Version
27 And do not give the devil an opportunity to lead you into sin by holding a grudge, or nurturing anger, or harboring resentment, or cultivating bitterness]. 28 The thief [who has become a believer] must no longer steal, but instead he must work hard [making an honest living], producing that which is good with his own hands, so that he will 29 Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak].