Holding onto bitterness and resentment and seeking revenge is like mixing poison for those who have hurt us but drinking it ourselves, just like Cancer it eats away all the goodness in us.
The Story below shows the other Soul destroying result of holding onto these negative emotions instead of forgiving, does this mean we have to accept the wrong said and done as OK ? No! but we don’t pollute ourselves or seek revenge, we ask Jesus to help us forgive and if given the opportunity we show we have, remembering hurt People hurt People and need our Compassion and we than move on in Love.
One particular day, Sally walked into the College and knew they were in for a fun day.
On the wall was a big Target and on a nearby table were many darts Dr Smith told the students to draw a picture of someone that they disliked or someone who had made them angry, and he would allow them to throw darts at the person’s picture.
Sally’s friend drew a picture of someone who had stolen her boyfriend. Another friend drew a picture of a woman from another Country who she didn’t think measured up and one of his little brother. Someone else had a picture of a person who had upset them on their Blog. Sally drew a picture of a former friend, putting a great deal of detail into her drawing, even drawing pimples on the face. Sally was pleased with the overall effect she had achieved.
The class lined up and began throwing darts. Some of the students threw their darts with such force that their targets were ripping apart. Sally looked forward to her turn, and was filled with disappointment when Dr. Smith, because of time limits, asked the students to return to their seats. As Sally sat thinking about how angry she was because she didn’t have a chance to throw any darts at her target. Dr. Smith began removing the target from the wall.
Underneath the target was a picture of Jesus. A hush fell over the room as each student viewed the mangled picture of Jesus; holes and jagged marks covered His face and His eyes were pierced.
Dr. Smith said only these words… “In as much as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me.” Matthew 25:40
No other words from them were necessary; the tears filled eyes of the Students focused only on the picture of Christ. Author unknown.
Matthew 5:43-45 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy Neighbour and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you Love your enemies bless them that curse you do good to them that hate you and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you; That ye may be the Children of your Father which is in Heaven for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Love and hate can not co-exist, they are not in Unity we can’t have Love in our heart while ever we hate someone and without Love the Holy Spirit can’t fill us with the rest of His good fruit. Galatians 5: 22-25.
Christian Love and Blessings to you – Anne.