A Resentful Elder Brother

A Resentful Elder Brother

Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals and make mere flesh their strength Jeremiah 17:5

The elder son in the parable did the objectively good thing and might have been praised for being the “good one” because he faithfully stayed home to support his old father. But he ends up being just as lost spiritually as the younger brother who ran off and squandered his fortune. The elder son is lost in a very different way than his brother. The elder is not free in his relationship with the father because he is bound by resentment.

Resentment is probably one of the most pervasive evils of our time. It is something that is very real, very pernicious, and very, very destructive. You and I are not free from it. Resentment is precisely the pitfall of faithful, obedient, hardworking people who do the right thing. That’s why it is so important to talk about it. We may be good people, trying to live the right way on our particular life journey, perhaps even giving our lives for others. Objectively we may have reason to be praised. But each of us might examine how our lives and relationships are wounded because of unresolved resentment buried in our hearts.

Blessed Lord, please help me to really let those who have wounded me go free.

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