which of these three bags of emotional garbage are you still carrying around in your relationships today?
grudges? who are you still holding a grudge against? a mom? a dad? a brother/sister? a former mate? a former pastor? a former girlfriend? who are you holding the resentment against? let it go!
the bible says, give it up! get rid of it. it only hurts you worse and makes you worse. let it go. if you are allowing people from your past to continue to hurt you in the present, that’s not smart. let it go.
some of you hold on to every little hurt in your marriage. you hide it and you keep a stockpile of it so you can use it as ammunition in the next argument. your husband or wife says, “you did this...” and you say, “yes, but you did this...”
1 corinthians 13.5 (niv), love keeps no record of wrongs. you don’t count or keep score in love. it’s unloving to keep score. give up your grudges.
grief? have you built a wall around you? have you become afraid of becoming intimate with anybody? do you think if you get close to somebody you may lose them too? so you become hard and build a shell, a case around your life. have you accepted what cannot be changed? are you looking at what's left, not what's lost? are you playing it down and praying it up?
guilt? are you carrying emotional baggage into relationships that you’re trying to develop now in life? things you feel guilt for maybe 20, 30, 40 years ago are affecting your relationships today. you’ve never let go of them. give up your guilt.
JESUS CHRIST was nailed to a cross so you can quit nailing yourself to a cross. the bible says, therefore if any man be in CHRIST he is a new creature, old things are past away, behold all things are become new.
the moment you commit your life to CHRIST it’s washed out, the slate is clean. you become a new person inside. it’s being born again, starting over. a brand new shot at life. you do not have to live the rest of your life in a penalty box.
just a thought from the front porch…