A teacher asked her students to bring some tomatoes in a plastic bag to school. Each tomato was to be given the name of a person whom that child hates. So, the number of tomatoes would be equal to the number of persons they hate. On a pre-determined day, all the children bought their tomatoes, well addressed. Some had two, some had three, some had five, some even had 20 tomatoes in accordance with the number of people they hated. The teacher then told them that they had to carry the tomatoes every where they went for 2 weeks. As the days passed, the children started to complain about the decay and smell of the tomatoes. The students who had many tomatoes, complained that it was very heavy to carry and the smell was too much. After a week, the teacher asked the students “How did you feel this week?” The children complained of the awful smell and heavy weight of the tomatoes, especially those who carried several tomatoes. The teacher said “This is very similar to what you carry in your heart when you don’t like some people. Hatred makes the heart unhealthy and you carry that hatred everywhere. If you can’t bear the smell of spoilt tomatoes for a week, imagine the impact of bitterness in you heart as you carry it daily.” Bitterness defiles and detain!!!.. Do a SELF CHECK-UP and see if there is any bitterness, envy, unforgiveness in your fragile heart.
Forgiving others who have been unkind to you does not change them instantly but it prevents their behaviour from destroying your heart.
Unforgiveness is like choosing to stay trapped in a jail cell of bitterness for the crime committed by someone else….*trust me, you don’t want to know how that feels,its horrible*. In short, forgive others quickly as you expect God to forgive you. Remember to let God and let go because: YOU CANNOT START THE NEXT CHAPTER OF YOUR LIFE IF YOU KEEP RE-READING THE LAST ONE..
Until next time…