Today’s devotional meditation is taken from 1 John 4:7-8 which says,

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. (8) Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

I read a quote about holding grudges which said: “It is said that a rattlesnake, if cornered, will sometimes become so upset that it will bite itself. That is exactly what harboring hate and resentment against others is–a biting of oneself.

We think that we are harming others in holding these grudges…but the deeper harm is to ourselves.” Holding grudges is a colossal waste of time. It shows that a person is either extremely spiritually immature or unsaved. Yes, I know someone may have done something to us, but we have done things to others as well.

If we harbor ill-will towards someone for a longtime, we need serious spiritual help. Holding grudges is stressful. Plus, it is hypocritical. If we say we love God and hate our brother or sister, we are hypocrites. If anyone holds grudges, the Scripture plainly says in verse 8, “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.