The godless in heart harbor resentment. Job 36:13

Heavenly Father, this one little verse is bringing big conviction this morning. I confess the ease with which I can generate feelings of resentment, toward people, inanimate things, and circumstances.

Whether it’s wrinkleless shirts that wrinkle, or slow drivers in the left lane; overcooked steaks, or underprepared sermons; fish that take my bait, or people who can’t take a hint; worship leaders who talk too much, or people who never say “thank you”—no matter the provocation, resentment never helps the situation.

To harbor resentment is nothing short of harboring a criminal. For resentment is bent on illegal activity: Stealing peace and vandalizing sleep, robbing relationships and killing kindness, spewing toxins and murdering hope—to name a few of resentment’s crimes. There’s no greater waste of energy than resentment.

But worst of all, Father, resentment contradicts how you relate to us in Jesus. If anyone has a right to hold a grudge, to keep a record of wrongs done—to rehearse and remember our sins against us, it is you.

But you don’t treat us as our sins deserve, or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is your love for those who fear you; as far as the east is from the west, that’s how far you’ve removed our transgressions from us. You’re the Father who has compassion on us as your children (Ps. 103:10–13). You show us neither vexation of spirit nor exasperation of heart, so great is your love for us in Jesus.

So Father, by the love that sent Jesus to the cross and by the power that raised him from the dead, continue to heal and change me, and my friends in this daily prayer community. We don’t want to be “godless in heart,” but grace-full in heart. We want to be free even from resenting other people’s resentment. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ wonderful and merciful name.