A grudge is simply not worth

Losing our eternal security,

And when an argument is harbored in our heart

It will never set us free.

It is our natural propensity

To return evil for evil,

But God says “Vengeance is Mine”

As we listen to Him and not the devil.

Our pride is always defensive

When we believe our way is right,

But we’re instructed to forgive seventy times seven

As we humbly surrender the fight.

The Lord will fight our battles

When we ask for His forgiveness;

With pure motives to restore all things

As we rebuke all bitterness.

We are commanded to forgive

If we’re to receive forgiveness indeed;

Knowing that hatred, envy and murder

Through unforgiveness will always breed.

And to murder is simply to hate

Since the intention is in the heart,

When we harbor ill feelings and malice

To create chaos and to tear apart.

Forgiveness releases the shackles

That keep us forever bound;

It refreshes our soul with a brand new start

And where liberty can be found.

Forgiveness is a decision

And will always set us free;

As it releases both from bondage

When possible restoration we can see.

Although we may never forget

And be much wiser next time around,

When there’s no need to regurgitate

We know peace our soul has found.

(C) P.B. 2019

“For if you forgive men their trespasses your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14

“Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times? Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.'” Matthew 18:21-22

“If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” John 20:23

“Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive.”

2 Corinthians 2:10

“So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.” Matthew 18:35

“Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; Their foot shall slip in due time for the day of their calamity is at hand.” Deuteronomy 32:35