By Jarrid Wilson:
Let me start this post by saying one thing: Grudges & Grace don't mix.
I don't usually start off a post by giving away my main point, but I want this point to resonate in you as you continue to read.
True grace is not regretted. True grace is not pitied. True grace is not grudged.
Grudges are the shield by which Grace is kept from penetrating. And until that shield can be dropped, true grace can never be given.
I know what you're thinking.
- "But you don't realize what they did to me."
- "You don't understand how much they hurt me."
And to be honest, you're probably right. But that's the point of Grace. It's not earned, but everyone deserves a second chance anyway. Why? Because at one point, it was given to you.
All throughout our lives we will encounter people who will chew us up and spit us out, but that doesn't mean you get a free ticket to Grudgeville. Grudgeville is the place where leaders fall, families decay, relationships shatter and the population is "Your Choice." So until you can make peace with your attacker, you'll always be living as a defender. And to be honest, you don't want to live a life in defense.
Every grudge dropped is grace given. And that is our mission. That is our calling.
Grudges and Grace don't mix.
We are People of The Second Chance.
Grace needs to be the air we breathe, and the atmosphere we live in. - Allen Snapp