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Let It Go

Psalm 15 Devotional

By Pastor Joesy

Psalm 15:1-3 'Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts. Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends.

Psalm 15:3 says, 'Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends.' The KJV uses the word 'reproach.' What does this mean? Webster's Dictionary says reproach is 'an expression of rebuke or disapproval, a cause or occasion of blame, discredit or disgrace.' Bottom line is that it is showing animosity toward someone who did nothing to you, but to someone we care about.

I didn't understand this word when I was young, but I sure practiced it a lot! When I was in high school and if my friend didn't like someone, even though they had never done anything to me, I picked up her offense and treated her enemy as my enemy. I would get emotionally involved and ruin any opportunity to be a possible friend to them. I took up someone else's offense and made it mine!

As I got older, I found myself continuing this cycle. In church, if my friends didn't like someone, I didn't like them either. If my husband had a difference of opinion with someone, I shunned them. If one of my children had a conflict with another child, not only did I show my displeasure at the child, but also at the parent! I carried a reproach which blamed and discredited another person or family.

The hard part was when my husband and/or child worked out their differences and were now getting along and hanging out, but because I had not been told, my heart was not ready to give up those feelings.

I felt like that song…”Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.” How much time I wasted holding onto hurt and anger…and it wasn't even done to me! I lost out on having some great relationships because I picked up someone else's offense.

This happens in so many families. Many families are divided because we pick sides with the one we are closest to. Holidays, birthdays, celebrations can't be enjoyed because of reproaches we have picked up.

Today, I want to challenge you to examine the condition of your heart. Do an audit and see if you have held a reproach against someone who did nothing to you directly, but you indirectly picked up the offense. Then ask God to help you let it go. Reconcile your spirit to God's and become a mender of relationships, one who forgives and repairs. Job 22:21 “Submit to God, and you will have peace; then things will go well for you.”

Going Deeper

1. Have you ever picked up someone else's offense?

2. Did you ever let it go?

3. Have you asked for forgiveness?

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