Can I tell you how excited I am to share this new weekly series with you all today?! In 2012 I began journaling short devotionals on whatever the Lord was revealing to my heart. After two years of journaling I had written over 365 devotionals equaling 700 handwritten pages. My very first handwritten devotional was birthed out of a season of pain, hardship and restoration after running from God in a specific area of my life. Now I can see God bringing beauty from ashes because He is allowing me tho share this with all of you.
Each week for an entire year I will post a weekly “Moments with Maker” devotional to encourage your heart, soul and mind. I pray it draws you closer to the Maker Himself.
Even though I wrote this a few years ago, it can still be relevant to us today because the Holy Spirit is always working. As I was preparing this post it spoke to my heart once again. “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires “ Hebrews 4:12 (NLT).
Let us praise God for His Word is real, true, living and active!
Moments with Maker Devotional Week #1
How to Let Go of Hurt, Anger, or a Grudge?
“Do not nurse hatred in your heart for any of your relatives. Confront people directly so you will not be held guilty for their sin. Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.”
Leviticus 19:17-18 (NLT)
What powerful words the verse starts off with “Do not nurse hatred.” When I read the phrase “nurse hatred” I envision someone taking care of their pain, agony, anger, or unforgiveness and wrapping their wounds with hurtful words as bandages. By doing so, the person puts a useless bandage on an open, gaping wound. Dear one, don’t nurse hatred. Don’t nurse hurt, discouragement, anger, or unforgiveness.
When we are hurt by someone it can be easy for us to wallow in our pain or sadness but God says, “No do not nurse hatred.”
Friend, I can only imagine what some of you might be saying to yourself, “This person doesn’t deserve my forgiveness. You have no clue what they have done to me” You might be right, but I will tell you the truth- I might not know, but God knows! They might not deserve your forgiveness, we didn’t deserve God’s forgiveness either. And yet, He gives it to us freely without any ties or entanglements. “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” (Matthew 6:14 ESV). Even if that person never asks for your forgiveness, forgive them anyway.
What are you holding onto?
A GRUDGE or GOD?
I want to hold onto God and let go of the grudge.
Give it to the Lord. I know that sounds so easy for me to write and for you to read, but I truly mean it. I have held onto sin way too long and been there too many times to count, so I want to share with you two simple yet effective ways let go of your hurt and pain that others have caused.
- Pray for the person that hurt you. Pray for them by name. Pray scripture over them. If you have to tattle on them to God, then do so! God is big enough to hear it. Let us be like David, from the book of Psalm in the Bible, he allowed his heart to be softened by the Lord after letting hi heart cry out to the Lord. We can be 100% honest with the Lord, He already knows your heart, so just tell him anyway. Pray for healing in their life and your life.
- Forgive them. “Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone” (Romans 12:17-18). You’re only responsible for you and your behavior, not others- they are responsible to the Lord just as you are. Pray blessings over their life. Pray that God will prosper them and all they have. Job did that and after he prayed blessings over his friends that hurt him, God gave him back all he had once lost. The enemy will tempt you to nurse a grudge, but dear friends never take revenge- leave that to our righteous Lord. For the scriptures say, “I will take revenge, I will pay them back, says the Lord” (Romans 12:19).
Let us be brave and do the hard things, God will reward you:
Confront your pain. Don’t ignore it or try to stuff it down deep.
Don’t seek revenge or bear a grudge.
Give forgiveness to them as a gift to the Lord.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
Let us hold onto God, not a grudge!
With God all things are possible friend! Take HOPE in Him alone and not in your current circumstance.
If you missed any of the previous weeks of Moments with Maker Devotionals, you can find them here:
Holding Onto What? // Week #1 – here
Take Your Land // Week #2 – here
Tears in a Bottle // Week #3 – here
A Love Story // Week #4 – here
**Moments with Maker will be a weekly devotional blog series from my Moments with Maker Devotional book I am preparing to publish – 365 Daily Devotionals. I will be sharing 52 devotionals with you throughout the year to encourage, build up, edify and draw you closer to the Maker of your soul.