By Larry Thomas
Today's Scripture: Mark 6:17-20
Central Thought: Hurts can become grudges.
Nestled in the recounting of John the Baptist's martyring is a remarkable statement. You remember that John, because of a moral stand he took, became a victim of Herodias's displeasure. Herodias's hatred for him grew until the time came when she could demand John's death. Verse 19 gives insight into how it escalated to this point. The text reveals that Herodias 'nursed a grudge” (NIV) until she finally saw the head of John on a platter.
A grudge can be an ugly thing. It is like an acid that eats everything it touches. It is never completely satisfied. Even getting revenge is not enough; a grudge still cries out for more. Sadly, Christians can experience grudges. Where do grudges come from? They show up when we fail to process the hurts and disappointments we all face. If we choose to mull it over, rehearse and replay it again and again instead of properly processing it, anything can easily evolve into a grudge. Nurse it, and it can become deadly.
If you go to bed angry or hurt, you may awaken the next morning with a grudge to nurse. At that point, it owns you. When you find yourself tempted to hold a grudge, let it go.
Devotional Prayer: God, I may experience a hurt or disappointment today. If so, let me put it to bed before I go to bed.
Today's Bible Reading: Leviticus 13:1-59: Mark 6:1-29; Psalm 39:1-13; Proverbs 10:10