We started to look at biblical New Year’s Resolutions. We saw that:
1> COMMIT YOURSELF TO FORGET YOUR FAILURES
2000 years ago one the first Christian leaders, Paul, gave this advice: “Forgetting what is behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for which 1 God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14
That advice from God’s Word has stood the test of time. I don’t know of any more relevant and practical advice for us at the start of 2015
Let’s continue this look…
2> COMMIT YOURSELF TO GIVE UP YOUR GRUDGES
I want you to listen to these words from the book of Colossians because in them you’ll hear the second challenge I believe God wants you to rise to if you want to make 2015 a significant turning point in your life
“Bear with each other and forgive each other whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” Colossians 3:13
Did you catch that challenge?
God is challenging you directly and personally to give up your grudges.
That is what He means when He says forgive each other whatever grievances you may have against one another.
What’s a grudge?
A grudge is a deep ongoing resentment that we cultivate in our hearts against someone else.
A grudge is an unforgiving spirit that leads to unforgiving attitudes and unforgiving actions.
Now I know you know what I am talking about.
Harbouring a grudge is about nursing a dislike for someone.
What you need to know is that grudges are dangerous because they are destructive.
Grudges destroy marriages.
Grudges break up families.
Grudges ruin friendships.
Grudges split churches.
Let’s be honest enough to admit that one of the scandals of the Church is the grudges that Christians hold against one another.
Today if you know you are holding a grudge against someone then God has something to say to you.
He says “give it up.”
I want to remind you that grudges are not just destructive – – they are also self-destructive.
When you hold a grudge against someone you will hurt yourself as much and perhaps more than you will hurt the person you are holding it against. Make no mistake about it, if you keep harbouring a grudge then it will eventually destroy you, if not physically, certainly emotionally and spiritually.
It will make you a bitter and twisted person.
So, resolution #2 biblically is to commit yourself, with God’s help, to give up your grudges.