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Don’t Stay upset or be angry with anyone, but instead love them as you love yourself.

Breakdown: Have you ever had friend that was very close to you but ended up owing you money.  Now, before this time, you had been through everything together and would do anything for each other, but this money situation made all of that change. I will admit something like this can make you salty, especially if its not a small amount.  But you have to ask yourself is that unpaid loan worth holding a grudge against someone you call friend?  I mean, the truth is, we aren’t faultless.  People has forgiven us for countless things.

This is what God is saying in Leviticus.  God does not want us to hold a grudge or try to take revenge against someone.  Instead, he wants us to love him or her as we love ourselves.  Of course, we have to love ourselves with the understanding that every part of us God created on, and for, a purpose (Psalm 139:14).  It is only right that we love what God has created in us, and, because He has also created our neighbor, despite what they may have done to us, it is only right that we love him or her too.

Live it Out:  Today be understanding of people you feel have wronged you.  Also understand that God doesn’t want you to hold a grudge against them either, but to show them the true love of Christ.  Remember, Love is forgiveness and it is the key to moving on to what God has for both of you.

Prayer: Jesus, today help me to let go of any grudges I have harbored against anyone.  Allow me to show them your love, the same love that you have for me, so that I can move on to the great things that you have planned for me today.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself:  I am the Lord

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