It’s official – 2015 is dead. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could bury the grudges we have held onto, all those harsh feelings towards others and the bad blood we allowed to come between us and a friend, co-worker or associate – a fellow church member perhaps? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just close the lid on the casket of ill will and start 2016 believing we can be that person God said we could be; a follower of Jesus conquering animosity, resentment, cynicism and bitterness?
No disrespect intended, but there is an old saying that tells us, “If it’s dead – bury it”, and may I assure you of this; if you don’t bury all that bad stuff you find yourself holding onto, soon it will start stinking. When it does you’ll stink too. Trust me, your friends Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani and Coco Chanel have yet to come up with a fragrance powerful enough to cover the stench of hatred and a decaying heart.
Best advice, “. . .love [forgive] your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best – the sun to warm and the rain to nourish – to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty” (Matthew 5:44-45 The Message).