Read this thing a friend gave me...it really makes you think...about letting others off the hook…or letting yourself…
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From "Three Free Sins" by Steve Brown
There is a great story about a little boy who killed his grandmother's pet duck. He accidentally hit the duck with a rock from his sling-shot. The boy didn't think anybody saw the "foul" deed, so he buried the duck in the backyard and didn't tell a soul.
Later, the boy found out that his sister had seen it all. And she now had the leverage of his secret and used it. Whenever it was the sister's turn to wash the dishes, take out the garbage, or wash the car, she would whisper in his ear, "remember the duck". And then the little boy would do whatever his sister should have done.
There is always a limit to that sort of thing. Finally he'd had it. The boy went to his grandmother and, with great fear, confessed what he had done. To his surprise, she hugged him and thanked him. She said, "I was standing at the kitchen sink and saw the whole thing. I forgave you then. I was just wondering when you were going to get tired of your sister's blackmail and come to me."
If you're tired of the manipulation of the duck, you're free. God saw you do it, and you're forgiven. So go out and offend (or maybe bless or love) someone!
I don't know if it resonates with you, but it did for me. I don't want to be that sister. I don't want to constantly hold things over people’s head. It's not fair. God doesn't do that.