I have been pondering another way to describe resentment –
“Re-send it -ment” “I don’t want this trial.” “I did not plan this situation” To walk in resentment is to refuse what the Father has sent us. Webster defines it this way:
…passion which proceeds from a sense of wrong offered to ourselves, or to those who are connected with us; less excitement than anger, though often synonymous with it; exasperation, and indignation; not the sense or perception of injury, but the
excitement which is the effect of it.
Resentment is really just another form of resistance. Relinquishing, on the other hand, is the opposite of a “re-send it back” attitude. It is holding out our hands (with a smile) even when there’s nothing really appealing in the mail. It’s letting go, renouncing our claim, relinquishing a debt. The temptation to walk in resentment is only there when we are holding something that was never truly ours from the beginning. Remember, not even our children fully belong to us – we are merely stewards of them. “Resist” and “Rest is” use the same letters but they are ordered differently and they have a very different meaning. Getting the “i” and “s” in the right place will result in the spiritual “rest is” of a surrendered life.
When God sends us a special delivery, or even just the bills, the key is to NOT write “return to sender” on His envelopes. We must learn to receive His packages and stop placing so much importance on our own preferences and priorities.
“Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.”
“Don’t bother to give God instructions; just report for duty.” ~Corrie ten Boom