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Grabbing Rattlesnakes — Harboring Unforgiveness

  A person who harbors unforgiveness always loses. Regardless of how wrong
the other person may have been, refusing to forgive means reaping corruption in life.
And that corruption begins in one relationship— including the relationship with God,
and works its way into all the rest.

Holding onto hurt is like grabbing a rattlesnake by the tail; you are going to be
bitten. As the poison of bitterness works its way through the many facets of your
personality, death will occur—death that is more far-reaching than your physical
death, for it has the potential to destroy those around you as well.

Have you been hurt? Has somebody, somewhere in your past, rejected you in
such a way that you still hurt when you think about it? Do you become critical of
people in your past the minute their names are mentioned? Did you leave home as
a child or a college student with great relief that you were leaving, swearing you
would never return?

Whatever your situation, whatever has happened in your past, remember that
you are the loser if you do not deal with an unforgiving spirit. And the people around
you suffer, too.

Additional scripture readings:
Matthew 18:21-35
Ephesians 4:25-32

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