Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:18)
Begrudging rings of antiquated verbiage, but well defines an ill and troubled heart. The fruit of unforgiveness is tragic as it keeps its victim leashed and hindered from experiencing the fullness of the heart designed and desired by God for us to enjoy. One who begrudges portrays a veneer of spiritual heath, but underneath is decay and captivity.
Pride is the gate keeping force intimidating its prisoner with the shame of exposure and thus hindering genuine release. Within the walls of churches are some who never fully reach their spiritual potential because of grudges, they remain hidden in self-righteousness instead of breathing the open air of freedom.
The Lord requires forgiveness as the key to internal liberty and peace. The voice of God continues to extend his call of wisdom, “Let it go.”
Through you Lord Jesus, I am forgiven. By your Holy Spirit, reveal any unwillingness in my heart or on my part to harbor unforgiveness. Amen.
“and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.”