“To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee” (William H. Walton).
Maybe that person said something very insulting to you. Or maybe they did something to hurt your feelings. It’s easy to hold on to those grudges. If we do, all we’re really doing is holding on to that furious bee and letting it continue to sting us. The more we hold on, the more it stings. The more it stings, the more miserable we become.
While it’s not always easy to do, the solution isn’t rocket science: let go of the bee! The Bible is very clear regarding how we should treat each other when it comes to grudges, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:31-32).
If we still need more motivation, then let’s consider Matthew 6:14-15, “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”
According to these verses, it’s impossible to hold on to grudges and still receive God’s forgiveness. We want God’s forgiveness. Then we need to forgive others. Let go of the bee.