2 Corinthians 4:13-17 “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” (KJV).
Have you ever held a grudge? The answer is simple, of course we have. We have all faced times when we were at odds with someone. A grudge could be something internal, where you don’t tell anyone, but your thoughts about someone carried some negative tone. This is normal for us to experience, I can think of many times when a co-worker stabbed me in the back in order to make them look good to the boss. My first inward reaction is to lash out, talk to the supervisor, or seek revenge.
It is these moments when the Holy Spirit convicts me, overwriting the negative thoughts my hearts is spitting out. I thank the Lord for living inside me, speaking to my heart through the Spirit. I firmly believe that a “day without conviction, is a day without the Lord”. I am reminded that none of us are perfect and there is no way that we could ever walk a full day in perfection.
The Lord forgives us through His perfect grace, even though we could never earn it. I wonder how our vision would be if we took a moment to see other people through the same lenses of grace that the Lord uses to see us? Those people that we hold a grudge against may be dealing with some internal pain that we can’t see, but God knows their pain and placed us in their path in order to help them, not fight against them…Paul reminds us in verse 15 that everything we face is done for a reason, and our affliction is only for a moment. But that leads us to the question of why? Think of it like this… The Lord doesn’t give us more than we can handle, and everything we face in life is in accordance with the will of God. The Lord may place us in circumstances to bless us, or He may be correcting us. One thing is clear, our affliction whether good or bad is designed for the sole purpose of extending His grace to others. People around us need to see how wonderful He is. This will bring honor and praise to our Father.
The Silent Preacher