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THURSDAY 24th NOV.,2016

TEXT: I Corinthians 13:4-5 “4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil….”

Holding a grudge is costly, and you and the people in your life end up footing the bill! In all probability the offender has moved on, forgotten the offence, and left you holding the bag, but in reality, blame, not the offender, is the crux of the problem.
Until you understand and accept that, you will continue to be upset.
Don’t let your grudges fester and turn into:
1) SELF-VICTIMISATION. Negative energy expended on others just drains your resources and robs you of the chance to fulfil your God-given potential. Stop cheating yourself. Don’t surrender your power to your grudges!
2) BITTERNESS. It’s like a deadly poison; a little of it can contaminate your entire system. The hurt you harbour pollutes the stream of your daily experience, including your experience with God!
3) ISOLATION. There’s no joy in being around someone who constantly indulges in blame, defensiveness and anger. Others pick up the vibes and feel at risk, so they keep a safe distance in case they become a target in the event that they displease you. It’s a formula for isolation and self-induced loneliness.
4) NEGATIVE ROLE-MODELLING. Maybe you think, ‘My feelings are nobody’s business!’ Maybe if you live on a desert island. Grudges are highly communicable. ‘…Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up…corrupting many’ (Heb. 12:15).
5) SABOTAGED REPENTANCE. Genuine repentance and forgiveness aren’t possible until you’re willing to face up to your grudges. If you’re still blaming others, you’re avoiding responsibility. A bad attitude is like a flat tyre—until you change it, you’re not going to get anywhere.

MEDITATION: Gal. 5:4-10

2 PET 3; JER 45&46; PS 141

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