let us continue, dear readers, on this little series referencing statements i’ve heard/read recently that have impacted my thinking.
today’s quote speaks subtly to the subject of forgiveness. lately i’ve encountered a flurry of insightful stuff written on forgiveness. dave burchett did a series, as did brett harrison (smart guys both!), but i was captivated by a quote from author/actor/politician, malachy mccourt. he said…
Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
brilliant! as believers, we often talk about our need to forgive. we need to forgive to god will be pleased. we need to forgive for relationships can be restored. we need to forgive so our prayers will not be hindered.
but we don’t often talk about the need to forgive so we don’t rot from the inside.
i have no statistics to back it up, but i am convinced that no emotion is more insidious and corrosive to one’s spiritual well-being than unforgiveness. it undermines our faith and unravels our testimony. plainly, i believe one cannot harbor unforgiveness and stay saved in the long-term.
what say you, wise colleagues?