by Mary Stout

“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 11:19

Where’s your heart? Are you holding a grudge? Do you feel bitter about something? Are you angry with a person, place, or thing in your life?

Holding grudges or being bitter over a situation in your life can overtake you if you let it. It does not serve you well to hold on to what you perceive as an offense, although at the time it may feel like righteous anger to you. It may have happened yesterday or years ago. Jesus knew the anguish you are going through. He died on the cross for it. He knew what God’s will was and still he asked it be removed. Those hours on the cross he felt it. All the sin of the world was laid on Him. He gave his life so you could live.

Acceptance over life circumstances or perceived offenses is the key. As Christians we are to lay our burdens down at the foot of the cross and leave them there. As hard as it is, we do better when we place our faith in the one who died for our sins and trust God to take care of us.

Anything else is sin. Hard hearts don’t win souls to Christ. Forgiven ones do. The verse of the day reminds me when I forgive it will heal my heart. It’s a miraculous gift God can turn your heart from stone to one that is compassionate and warm, and loving. Allow God’s mercy to flow through you and heal you.

Prayer: Father forgive me when I bear a grudge or refuse to forgive others or myself. Help me remember to accept situations and things as they are instead of how I want them to be, Give me the grace to love instead of bitterness. Thank you for forgiving and loving me through it all. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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