Think Twice About Resentment

Is It Really Worth It?

Have you ever felt resentment toward someone or something? You know that it is not a comfortable feeling. It’s like a revolution in your stomach. But what is resentment? It is actually a measurement of a given situation.

The origin of the French word means “to feel strongly in any way where our sense of injuries is much stronger and more lasting than our sense of benefits.” I would call it a “silent retaliation.”

Granted, the situations that cause resentment are real, but do they have to give in to harboring injury over benefit? Who wants to live on a constant mental and emotional battlefield all day, every day? And like any battlefield, there are always casualties.

Picture this: A visitor, leaning on a fence, was watching an old farmer plowing with a mule which didn’t seem to know which way to go. The visitor commented, “I hope you don’t think I’m telling you how to run your business, but you could save yourself a lot of time and energy if you’d say, ‘Giddyap’ and ‘Whoa’ to your mule instead of just pulling and tugging on those reigns.” The farmer, drawing a handkerchief from his pocket and wiping his forehead answered, “You’re right. But this animal stepped on my toe five years ago, and I haven’t spoken to him since.”

Some Helps To Eradicate Resentment
1. Expect mental and emotional injuries to happen.
2. Plan ahead on how you will handle them.
3. Respond in a way that is healthy for you.
4. Do everything you can to be free from the weight of resentment.
5. Remember that you have also said or done things injurious to others.

Today’s Quote
“Resentment is like holding a hot coal. It only hurts the one holding onto it.”                                                                                                   David P. Therrien

Share an insight below where you relieved yourself of resent and how did that feel?

Next Time: “Think Twice About Self-Control.”

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One Response to Think Twice About Resentment

  1. Daniel Frageorgia says:

    Here is an insight and trust me this is like beating a dead horse. Gee I resent the fact that I have this chronic condition every day. Does this make someone grow? Like I am the only one that has a chronic conditon. I have learned how to live with it. By not focusing on it. Yes it is always there. Hanging onto the whys the whens and the wheres and how it happened it is a cancer that will continue to fester if one let’s it. It is so easy to take the junk in the trunk back. But let’s look at the positive’s one can grow from a chronic condition. Letting God handle it is the best way. Two are always better than one. It is easier to combat a problem with positive thinking than with a whole bunch of negatives like that kind of thinking got someone the nobel peace prize. Pray about it. Put others first even a stranger. How many don’t have a smile in their heart it is shown on one’s face. Focus on what one can do and not that list of can’t do’s. Hanging onto resentment of anything it is not like a cancer it is a cancer.
    “Isaiah 40:28-31 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth. Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary and they shall walk and not faint.”

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