Original date: 2/02/17
Reference text: Mark: 6:14-29
Mark 6:18-19 For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife. Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not:
It is obvious that Herodias was unhappy with John’s bold telling of the truth and such was her level of dissatisfaction that she nursed a grudge against him seeking for an ideal opportunity to eliminate him as she considered him ‘a nuisance’. Only one human knew about her grudge until it was executed- that was herself.
The same applies to sin that is invisible to the eyes of the others. Herodias showed one clear example: unforgiveness. Like a burrowing worm, this may not be written all over our face for others to notice, but it has the ability to eat us up from the inside and even possesses the potential to become something even bigger.
Unforgiveness can bear fruits such as anger, vengeance, a thirst for unneeded power and an isolation that seeks to ensure we are not distracted in our pursuit of payback. My dear, to drink from the well of forgiveness and offer a cup to others is one of the best things you can do for yourself and for them. Forgiving makes you lighter and keeps your mind on the things of God instead of thinking revenge and carrying the heavy load of another person in your heart.
When the roots of sin are not nipped in the bud, they gain ground and expand their territory. It is therefore in our best interest to forgive those who offend us or harshly tell us truths we would otherwise not want to hear. This is because regardless of what they did, your act of forgiveness is not for them- it is for yourself and your own sake.
Remember # it is much easier to say ‘I forgive you’ than it is to say ‘ I will pay you back’…just forgive as you have been forgiven.