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God Doesn’t Hold Grudges

Not sure about you, but I know how my nature works. I am so very quick to hold a grudge against someone who hurts my feelings or betrays me or mistreats me. When I encounter someone who has hurt me, a gnawing feeling quickly wells up from the pit of my stomach and I either want to throw up or lash out. I have to intentionally fight the urge to react. 

I love that my God does not work this way. Isaiah describes how He “longs to be gracious to [us]” (Isaiah 30:18). He has every reason to hold a grudge against us for the times we push Him aside for other things and the times we just ignore what He has to say. However, this verse allows us to see how much God wants to pour out His grace on us. Instead of battling a grudge, He cannot wait to forgive us and draw us closer to Him.

As we try to understand that kind of grace, we also have to decide how to react to it. Paul provides a great example in 2 Corinthians 12:9. After recognizing God’s grace has been poured out on him, he says, “I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” Our reaction should be much the same. We should see that God’s grace gives us any power we have. It gives us power to accept His forgiveness, power to move on from our past, power to walk in the freedom of our salvation, and the freedom to live out the abundant life God has planned for us.

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