Can Christians carry grudges?

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The Old Testament teaches, “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:18).

And the New Testament confirms, “‘Be angry, and do not sin‘: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:26-27).

God forbids grudges because they build hate and bitterness and eventually destruction “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled” (Hebrews 12:14-15).

We should not give the devil a chance to enter our hearts (Ephesians 4:27). When we hold onto grudges, they weigh us down and tear us apart. Instead of holding on to grudges and becoming bitter, God has called us to a higher standard—that of forgiveness. We need to forgive those who have wronged us as soon as possible, giving up our right for revenge and to hold a grudge.

Jesus tells us, “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses” (Mark 11:25,26). To have the character of God we need to forgive others just as He forgive us.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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