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From my years of anger, I can definitely say it's not worth it. It just makes you empty and miserable. It brought bad choices that hurt others and myself. I saw this saying on a paper towel and really liked it: "Forgive others. Forgive yourself." Sometimes I tell myself "Forgive and forget and move on." I must confess though sometimes the hardest person to forgive is myself. That's probably pride, thinking more highly of myself than I should, and then being extremely disappointed. Sometimes we think humility is self-hate. But that's not what it's about. Being humble is to consider others as more important, not better. It's learning to be selfless when I help others, to listen without changing the subject to me. A challenge for sure!
Jesus quoted this verse from Leviticus. It says to love others as yourself, not to hate yourself. If we confess our sins, He'll forgive us. Seems like we should too.
Leviticus 19:18There used to be a thing called "worm theology." The belief that we are lower than worms and completely worthless. I've honestly never read anything like that in the Bible. God loves us so much He died for us. If we were worms, we'd be fish food.
"Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord."
30 Don't walk around with a chip on your shoulder,
always spoiling for a fight.
31 Don't try to be like those who shoulder their way through life.
Why be a bully?Anger really does twist our souls, and sets our imaginations in really bad directions. It's good to get angry, a very human emotion. It's bad to hold on to it tighter than love.
32 "Why not?" you say. Because God can't stand twisted souls.
It's the straightforward who get his respect.
We know God hates the proud, He loves the meek, humble, the persecuted. Think about a world where everyone says, "Thank you," "Excuse me," "I'm sorry," "You can have it. I'll wait." After I became a Christian I got very polite. It's actually quite fun to see people's faces light up when I say, "Thank you." We've lost that in our society.
33 God's curse blights the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the home of the righteous.There's nothing like being down to make me humble. That's when God can help the most.
34 He gives proud skeptics a cold shoulder,
but if you're down on your luck, he's right there to help.
35 Wise living gets rewarded with honor;
stupid living gets the booby prize.