SHM REFLECTIONS_What Gain Is There?

My dear friends, I hope this new year has been good to you so far? It has been for me! I pray that this year will be your best year yet IJMN. Amen.

Today, I charge you to reflect on why we take certain decisions and engage in certain acts that may hurt others but still leaves a sour after taste in our mouths.

Look again at the story of the execution of John the Baptist in Mark chapter 6:16-28. I mean, what would Herodias possibly do with the head she got on a charger? Yes, she got her revenge on the Baptist’s audacity to tell her God’s truth, but WHAT GAIN IS THERE FOR HER after that?

The death of John DOES NOT MAKE HER SIN LESS OF A SIN, neither does it MAKE HER INCESTUOUS RELATIONSHIP WITH HER BROTHER-IN-LAW RIGHT.

You see, dear friends, many find themselves in this very same position. Many if us hold on to slights, bear grudges, take actions over what we consider appropriate response to ‘infractions’ against us, only to go away with a sour taste STILL.

Today, I often wonder, for example, how putting capital offense convicts to death would assuage the emotional, and a times physical pain of relatives of murdered victims? Yet in some parts of the world THAT IS THE REVENGE the state promotes, any sadly many people of faith supports it! It surely cannot repair the loss suffered by the victim’s family! In fact research has shown it creates fresh emotional wounds in them!

So, as you relax and enjoy this weekend, reflect with me on this if you would – WHAT GAIN IS THERE IN KEEPING A GRUDGE? IN STRATEGIZING TO SETTLE A SCORE? WOULD IT
NOT BE BETTER FOR OUR LONG TERM GOOD HEALTH TO LET GO? I believe it would!!!

Have a wonderful weekend, and God bless you! We love you. Shalom.

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