“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” Eph. 4:31
I’m sorry it’s been so long since I last posted, but during these last couple of weeks God has been teaching me lessons on when to hold on and when to let go. I’ll start with the letting go first.
I finally had to let go of my dog of fourteen years. Sheila, an Australian Shepherd, was a great dog: companionable, loving, comforting, all that a person could want a dog to be. Blind, partially deaf, her hips finally gave out on her. Making the decision to have her “put down” was heartbreakingly painful and it was a decision I didn’t want to make. We had been through these spells before where she just couldn’t get up, but this time, she didn’t regain her strength and I knew it was time to let her go.
Letting go can be a difficult decision. Especially when we have loved and nursed something we have to let go. I nursed and loved Sheila and letting her go was painful. But she wasn’t healthy anymore and holding on to her was selfish.
However, I’ve also been known to nurse and love other things that are not healthy:
Things like hurt, bitterness and anger.
And that is selfish as well.
In the letter to the Ephesians, Paul is emphatic that those are emotions we need to let go: bitterness, rage, anger, brawling, slander and malice. When I nurse those emotions, I find that the hurt, bitterness, and anger start to grow out of control and start to drain me of precious energy, energy that is required to do the things the Lord has called me to do in serving His people. Letting go of these emotions can be painful initially. But the rewards far outweigh the pain. Maybe today you can decide to let go of some unhealthy things in your life. Take them to the Lord and ask for His help in letting go.