I don’t think of myself as petty or someone who carries a grudge until the other day when I realized I still don’t buy Heinz ketchup and will probably never own another Mazda.
The Heinz ketchup thing goes back to when Heinz closed their factory in Leamington, Ontario, in 2016 and moved their Ketchup making to the United States. Can you imagine? For the past seven years, I have refused to buy Heinz ketchup. That’ll learn em.
Twenty years ago, I owned a used Mazda 626, with which I had nothing but problems. I’m sure most Mazda’s aren’t like that, but you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
My not buying Heinz ketchup or another Mazda probably won’t have a negative impact on my spiritual life, but there are other times when we need to be careful about our desire not to let go.
Jesus reminds us in Mark 11:25 “But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”
If bearing a grudge involves an unwillingness to forgive, that is a sin, which requires you to ask Jesus to do what you are unwilling to do: forgive.
Have a great week, and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.