Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.
Who said everything would be rosy and to my liking? Who said I had to have my way and no challenges in my life that would stretch my calling and election? Folks life will try you in a myriad of ways. I just got tried by family during the death of my dad. I just got tried in ministry and the body of Christ, I just got tried from my lovely wife and kids, I just got tried from my neighbors. I suggest we all understand this: Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
If you can start the day without caffeine, if you can get going without pep pills, if you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches & pains. If you can resist complaining & boring people with your troubles; if you can eat the same food every day & be grateful for it, if you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time; if you can forgive a friend’s lack of consideration; if you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you; when, through no fault of your own something goes wrong; if you can take criticism & blame without resentment; if you can ignore a friend’s limited education & never correct him/her; if you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend; if you can face the world without lies and deceit; if you can conquer tension without medical help; if you can relax without liquor, if you can sleep without the aid of drugs; if you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed or color, religion or politics; then, my friend, you are almost as good as your dog.
Almost but not quite! This message is for two kinds of people: 1) Animal lovers: (2) Those committed to learning & growing. “Give instruction to a wise man & he will be still wiser, teach a just man, & he will increase in learning.