Yelling at the Mirror

BY DAN NUCKOLLS
Yelling at the Mirror

People wrong us, situations hurt us, someone sets us off and we get upset, so we get angry. Resenting someone is not a beneficial use of energy. The old phrase goes, “Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”

Anger does nothing for anyone anywhere in life. We need to let it go.

The strange thing is that a lot of pent-up anger is fueled by misunderstandings that weren’t examined. Grudges occur when someone merely accepts something at face value about someone else and thinks that’s just the way it is. Then they allow it to gnaw at them and guide them based on that misunderstood assumption. They find themselves resenting the other person out of spite. The more spiteful they are, the more heated and worn out they become.

Jumping to conclusions and holding a grudge is like yelling at the mirror for something that someone else did.

More than likely, the screaming began before the facts were in to help figure out the situation. We need to stop ourselves from jumping to conclusions and be careful about reacting from only a little bit of information.

Even when we feel like we are in the right, it’s not a good idea to have bad feelings toward anyone. It is a hard thing to do, but it is a person’s black and white choice whether to dislike someone or to forgive them and get over it.

Never get revenge. Never hold a grudge against any of your people. Instead, love your neighbor as you love yourself. I am the LORD.
Leviticus 19:18

When we condition ourselves to just let it go and focus on what’s good in the world instead, our lives will be better too.

 


God’s Word Mission Society welcomes Dan Nuckolls, a GOD’S WORD Ambassador.

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