“Broken relationships are a razor across the artery of the spirit. Stemming the hemorrhage and binding the wound should be done as quickly as possible. Yet all too often, it takes months or years. And sometimes, the bleeding never stops. True reconciliation is one of the most powerful of all human interactions.”
Dr. Richard Swenson, in Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives
It is unfortunate when people choose to nurse a grudge rather than nurture grace. It is regrettable when someone cherishes a perceived slight rather than granting forgiveness to the offending party. It is heartbreaking when an individual continues to fan the flames of bitterness rather than quenching the fire through reconciliation.
As a pastor, I have seen the truth of Dr. Swenson’s quote played out in the lives of people. Sad to say, some choose to keep the wound open rather than apply the healing balm of grace and forgiveness. Because of their unwillingness to extend grace, it makes me wonder if they have truly experienced grace to begin with.