Kevin Larter – Junior High Pastor
I recently had the chance to watch some old episodes of Looney Tunes—Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety, Elmer Fudd, the Road Runner and poor old Wile E. Coyote. I always felt bad for Wile E. Coyote. He pulled out every trick in the book to try to catch that Road Runner. He was probably single-handedly responsible for keeping the A.C.M.E. company in business with all the gadgets and ammunition he bought. But no matter how elaborate the trap or sophisticated the device, it always seemed like things would blow up in his face. Cannons, dynamite, guns, grenades—you name it; it exploded in Wile E.’s face.
You’d think that, over time, he would learn. “Stop looking down the gun barrel!” “Why are you standing in front of the cannon?” “Don’t hold on to the grenade so long!” 66 years he’s been at this, but still he’s never learned.
What if someone handed you a grenade? Would you carry it around with you—to work, to your home, into your friendships—even though it brought stress and potential danger everywhere you went? Of course not! I bet you’d make plenty sure you got rid of that grenade before it blew up in your face! Why in the world would anyone just hold on to a grenade? It would be insanely dangerous!
But what if instead of calling it a grenade, I called it a grudge? Would you carry it around with you—to work, to your home, into your friendships—even though it brought stress and potential danger everywhere you went? I hope not. I hope you wouldn’t carry it around with you very long—that you would make plenty sure you were rid of it before it blew up in your face.
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. – Colossians 3:13
If someone wrongs us or disrespects us or hurts us, we can do one of two things. Either we can turn that pain into a grudge—a burden that we choose to carry around, anger and bitterness and resentment in our heart—or we can let that burden go and embrace the freedom that forgiveness provides.
So if you’ve been carrying around a grudge, if you’ve been harboring negativity towards another person, maybe it’s time to let it go. Maybe it’s time for forgiveness. Let’s not be a cartoon character who held on to the grenade too long. Let’s get rid of our grudges!