Carrying A “Sanctified Grudge”

Romans 14:10… “So why do you condemn another Christian? Why do you look down on another Christian? Remember, each of us will stand personally before the judgment seat of God” (NLT). One of the games people play is manifesting a “sanctified grudge” when they see a conduct in others that they do not appreciate. What is a sanctified grudge? It is putting someone in your personal pigeonhole and labeling them under headings such as, “I don’t care for them”… “Not my type”… “They have no faith”… “They’ll never make it”… “He’s egotistical”… You then encourage yourself with the thought that you are superior. The apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, gives us a great truth. “The heart of the gospel is not what a person is or has been, but rather in what he or she has become: a person Jesus Christ died for.” Paul, in Romans 14, teaches that we are not to “grudge” a person or criticize them just because they are not as knowledgeable in the ways of God as you are (or as you think you are). If a person’s faith is not as strong as your faith, build them up. Romans 15:1 teaches, “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves” (KJV). Paul teaches in Romans 15:1-7 that the strong must have patience and a spirit of “bearing the burden.” “Edify,” Paul says. “Quit just pleasing yourself.” Paul goes on and teaches, “That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (v. 6). Don’t have two minds, one for yourself and one for others, and don’t have two mouths, one to speak of yourself and another to speak about others, either.

Paul, having made his point, then says in Romans 15:14, “As far as I am concerned about you, my brothers, I am convinced that you especially are abounding in the highest goodness, richly supplied with perfect knowledge and competent to counsel one another” (Williams).

Pastor George Belobaba

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