Philippians – The Happiness Letter
Why is it so hard and painful to talk to a person about your hurt and offense by them. It isn’t easier to wallow in self pity. It doesn’t bring peace to keep replaying the hurt like an pushing the reverse click on the computer. It’s unhealthy and causes stomach problems to think about it. What is “it”…it’s called a grudge. We all know it stinks. It’s hard to get over that hill, but when we do, joy and happiness returns. The relationship may or may not be restored but you have done your part by letting go of the grudge and at least trying to make peace and move on. “God doesn’t want his children holding grudges.”
The following from God’s Word is a short passage that carries a big wallop of wisdom for living as one of God’s kids.
Philippians 4, The Message
My dear, dear friends! I love you so much. I do want the very best for you. You make me feel such joy, fill me with such pride. Don’t waver. Stay on track, steady in God.
Pray About Everything
2 I urge Euodia and Syntyche to iron out their differences and make up. God doesn’t want his children holding grudges.
3 And, oh, yes, Syzygus, since you’re right there to help them work things out, do your best with them. These women worked for the Message hand in hand with Clement and me, and with the other veterans—worked as hard as any of us. Remember, their names are also in the Book of Life.
4-5 Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!
What do we learn and what does God want?
–To know that we are his children.
–He wants his children (his church) to be in unity of purpose.
–He wants us to love each other enough to talk to each other instead of about each other.
–Assume the best in each other, not the worst.
–Treat each other kindly and full of grace.
–We all work hard. We are all on the same team.
–The Master, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins, IS coming back.
–SO, instead celebrate God! Revel in Him. True joy and happiness are instantly found when we do…
Dear Heavenly Father, Help us in this inward battle to defeat our own selfishness of holding a grudge. It is unhealthy, sinful, full of pride and self-pity. Give us courage to face this battle head on and do what we must to end the war within. Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who merely offend us. In Jesus Name, Amen