Grudges

Man Plowing

Holding a Grudge Can Be Costly…

One day a visitor leaned on the old fence around a farm while he watched an old farmer plowing with a mule.  After a while, the visitor said, “I don’t like to tell you how to run your business, but you could save yourself a lot of work by saying ‘Gee’ and ‘Haw’ to that mule instead of just tugging on those lines.”

The old farmer pulled a big handkerchief from his pocket and wiped his face.  Then he said, “Reckon you’re right, but this animal kicked me five years ago and I ain’t spoke to him since.”

The moral of the story seems obvious.  A grudge is harder on the one who holds it than the one it is held against.

The apostle Paul said that we are to forgive one another if any man have a quarrel against any.  Just like Christ forgave us, we are to forgive each other (Colossians 3:13).

Friend, if God and Christ can extend mercy on you for your sins, surely you can be merciful to those who offend you.

Photo above from: http://buckcreek.tripod.com/

My SOURCE for the article: Church bulletin of Third and Bethel Streets church of Christ, Box 251, Mammoth Spring, AR, 72554.  This church produces the Fulton County Gospel News.

–David Lemmons

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