Love Prospers When A Fault Is Forgiven

Are you harboring a grudge with someone?
Are you bitter with someone?
It happens. As we go through life, we will be disappointed and let down by people. And when it happens, we can hold onto that grudge.
But it’s not good spiritually or physically to harbor a grudge. Remember the Lord’s prayer? Jesus taught us to pray, “Forgive us trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” So, we are taught to forgive.
Proverbs 17:9 says, “Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.”
Notice the verse says… “Love prospers when a fault is forgiven.” Love PROSPERS. That means that love abounds when a fault is forgiven. But when we hang onto a fault, there is hatred.
Are you hanging onto a grudge? If so, I encourage you to turn it loose. You may say, “But you don’t know how much someone hurt me.”
I understand… but you still need to let it go. Let me ask you something; What good is it doing to hang onto the grudge? What are you expecting to happen? Are you expecting the person who hurt you to ask forgiveness? You can’t control that.
So, if you are hanging onto a grudge, you are sitting around every day mad at someone. That’s not a healthy way to live. Several years ago I read that a reason people won’t let go of a grudge… a reason people won’t forgive is that when they do, it’s as if they are “letting someone off the hook.” If that describes you, let me tell you a secret; the person you are harboring a grudge against may not realize there is a hook.
A couple of years ago, I went through an experience that left me bitter with someone. Holli and I were talking about it and I told her if this person would admit they hurt me… that they were wrong, I could move on. She replied, “Gregg, you are looking for something you aren’t going to get.”
She was right. And by God’s grace, I moved on.
Don’t hang onto grudges. It’s done. None of us have ever had anything done to us that is any greater than what we did to put Jesus on the cross.
Love PROSPERS when a fault is forgiven.

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