No Rent-Free Living!
Resentments are like squatters who take up residence in places they have no business being. They are emotions and memories that often dominate my brain and can still afflict my heart. Now, I know better than to pay attention to them, but sometimes resentments seep in; or memories break down what I thought was a secure door!
Today I read don’t let anybody, or thing live rent-free in my head! (A New Day, page 27)
But, how do I kick the squatters out?
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. (Goethe, A New Day, 26)
I also read a cue from Scripture: Do not resent the Lord’s rebuke. (Proverb 3:11-12 )
When the Lord brings up a painful memory, it’s never with an accusatory tone. That comes His enemy. ( Revelation 12:10) If a memory reoccurs, maybe it’s time to revisit the Fourth Step, or make sure I am working the Tenth Step. Either way I have something to do as an alternative of harboring resentment!
Next, I can decide if:
- Can I overlook a wrong, or slight? Then it is to my advantage to forgive and forget. (Proverbs 17:9)
- Am I still stewing after 24 hours? Christ tells me the next step: Go to the person who has harmed me, or is doing wrong; or whom I may have harmed! (Matthew 18:15-19; Matthew 5:23-25)
If, however, the above two options are impossible, I have another choice.
I can let my hurt go into the hands of God, who knows what can be changed, and what can’t. In the meantime, He will give the grace to abide in whatever circumstances I am. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
What do I have to lose but my misery! Bye-bye Squatters!
God bless your day, reader!
Love in Christ,
Sober and Grateful