As long as we live, as long as we interact with each other, we will always offend one another. It shows that offence is inevitable in our relationships with other people, but the beauty of life is grace to forgive one another. We are bound to offend ourselves consciously or unconsciously. God knows that we are human; He knows that we will hurt one another in our deeds and actions. That is why He sets a standard for us to follow. Colossians 3:13, “Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” Romans 5:8-9, “But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. For when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His own Son, much more having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Unresolved strife leads to grudge, a feeling of resentment or ill will. Nursing grudges over a long period of time will do us much more havoc than the good. It makes the ill feeling fresh in the memory. It shuts up the mind to forgive for the wrong doings. It fuels the anger in us anytime will have an encounter with the offender. It makes someone lives a life based on assumption, confusion and distraction.

Life is too short for prolonged grudges. It is too short to waste it in nursing any grudge against anybody. God wants us to know that each time you are resentful, you have locked up your heavens and God sees you as disobedient son. Forgiveness is one of the keys for a prayer to be answered.

One reason Joseph enjoyed uncommon favour was because of his forgiving spirit. Despite the wickedness of his brothers to him, the cruelty of Potiphar’s wife to him, Joseph forgave all of them. Kill the monster manifesting as resentment before it consumes you. Refuse to allow a fellow human like you to activate the monster in you. Forgive someone today and watch daily against a resentful heart on your journey in life. No matter how good you are, people will find a way to offend you. But always remember: LIFE IS TOO SHORT FOR GRUDGES.

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