Resentment is Foolish
December 16, 2021

Thought For Today: “Resentment is Foolish”

The following story is an illustration of what holding onto resentment can do, and the end is tragic.

A snake entered a carpentry shop, and as it crawled to the corner it slithered over a saw and hurt itself. It immediately bit at the saw but hurt its mouth as a result. Thinking the saw was attacking, the snake decided to roll itself around the saw to suffocate it. Unfortunately, the snake was killed in the attempt, as the saw’s blade dug in deeper and deeper the more the snake tried to coil itself around it.

Sometimes we react in anger and retaliate when someone hurts us, but like the snake, in our anger we only end up hurting ourselves. Holding onto resentment and unforgiveness hurts us far more than those who have harmed us, and the consequences can often times be catastrophic.

Someone described holding on to resentment as picking up a red-hot coal intending to throw it at the person who hurt us, only to end up hurting ourselves even further.

In the book of Job, the Lord said, “To worry yourself to death with resentment would be a foolish, senseless thing to do.” (Job 5:2, Living Bible)

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