His Truth Will Set You Free

Listen to what Jesus says; “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

The Heaviest Load


A grudge is a heavy thing. You can sometimes recognize people who have been carrying a grudge for a long time – they look weary. But our natural human pride resists efforts to forgive. Pride likes to show off its bulging muscles by carrying heavy grudges all day.

Yet forgiveness comes from humility, the enemy of pride. And humility, not being a natural human trait, comes from outside ourselves. True humility is the humility of the Spirit of Jesus, shinning out from within you. It’s not your humility people would see, but His. And maybe Jesus’ humility can spill out of you and shine on those around you – those who carry heavy grudges. Maybe His humility can lighten their load.

Is there someone in your life who cannot forgive you for something you did or said? I wonder how heavy their grudge is. Do they look weary to you? For anyone who cannot forgive you, consider for a moment the weight of the un-forgiveness they carry.

And if you like, please share you thoughts on this in the comments below. Thanks


Author: CJ Penn

First, my writing isn't about me. Don’t want the attention, don’t want to feed my ravenous ego (yep, I’m just a typical pride-plagued human). But I love writing - it gets me out of bed when it's way too dark, just so I can do some writing before heading off to work. I write because I’m passionate about God, Jesus, His Spirit, and His truth. And, I feel the Holy Spirit gets shortchanged in the world we call Christianity. The truth is sometimes lacking too.

8 thoughts on “The Heaviest Load

  1. Great post. I found myself having to wrestle with this as well. Forgiveness is powerful:

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  2. Awesome post. I was just telling someone that to be offended is a trick of the devil. To be offended is also unforgiveness. I was this way for years. Just this morning in a text I felt the weight of unforgiveness of a sister of mine, towards me and others. She thinks by not acknowledging it that it’ll go away. We both know that’s false. The look on all 8 of my sisters face has made me forgive others quickly. The grudge you carry makes u I’ll, makes u look older than your years, you even hunch over. I’ve seen the end result of this and it’s terrible. I pray for them as much as I can.
    Great post..thanks for sharing!

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  3. Not willing to forgive those who have offended us is a heavy personal load I carried too, until releasing it and letting Jesus take my yoke of bondage on His shoulders and making my burden light and trusting Him in all of it. Forgiving ourselves too for what we did to someone else is a load often heavier to bear when we cannot find that one we hurt, or know there whereabouts to ask forgiveness if they are a part of our past. We can only ask the Lord to take care of that burden too for us and ask the Holy Spirit to be the go-between for us and give us comfort and help that one to find forgiveness in their heart for what we did that hurt them. It works both ways; forgiveness for others, and forgiveness for ourselves.

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