Holding Grudges Against Others

[Love] is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (1Co 13:5 NIV)

I am not one to hold a grudge (or keep a record of wrongs), but I understand the notion completely.  You often hear someone say, “I can forgive, but I won’t forget.”  Letting go of anger toward another person who has done you wrong is difficult and takes time.  When we have been hurt or offended, we feel justified in staying upset with the other person to repay them for their actions.

My question is “What if God held grudges?” What if God forgave us, but didn’t forget what we had done against him?  I believe there is a direct connection to God’s forgiveness through the shed blood of Christ Jesus and God keeping no record of wrong.

“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.” (Col 2:13-14 ESV)

We have a record of debt, sin, and trepasses against God.  He would be entirely justified to hold this debt of wrongs against us.  We can ask for forgiveness, but it is up to him to forgive and forget.  But amazingly enough God doesn’t hold a grudge.  He forgives the sin and forgives the debt.  He cancels any record of wrongdoing.  He nailed those offenses to the cross.

If God has done this for us, should we also not forgive and forget the wrongs done to us.  “Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses and we forgive those who trespass against us” (Luke 11:4-5, from the Lord’s Prayer)

Keeping no record of wrongs could be the most godly thing we do.  Letting go of the grudge makes you look a lot like Him, which is always a good thing.

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