Who has a grudge book in their possession? Actually, we all have these books—all human beings are inclined to remember offenses. I know people who keep records of things that have been done to them in embossed, laminated albums! Their holiday scrapbooks aren’t filled with happy photos of the family, they’re filled with images of all the ways things did not go as planned or people did not act the way someone hoped they would. But we need to be reminded that keeping grudge books is in direct disobedience to what God says. First Corinthians 13:5 tells us that “love keeps no record of wrongs” (emphasis added). (Gulp!) That is easier said than done.
I love holidays, lots of holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s Day because I love to decorate and cook and wrap gifts and do all those special things that make a holiday most memorable for my loved ones. But in my pre-holiday zeal, there is one important thing I can tend to forget. I forget to prepare my heart for the potential of disappointment and offense.