Social anxiety? It takes many forms and hits people in different ways, but I think we all experience it at one time or another.

A while back I left a social gathering feeling a more than normal amount of angst. Discussing it with my husband brought some relief, but I woke the next morning still bothered.

Later in the day, while browsing T.J.Maxx, I received the following text from my sister:

Right there in T.J.Maxx, I bowed my head and forgave my offenders. A peace swept over me and the nagging ache in my chest released.

It doesn’t matter what’s happened, sometimes you just need to forgive and move on. Jesus says it like this:

If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 6:14-15

It occurs to me that when I hold a grudge, I am the one who suffers. The offender has gone on to have a perfectly fine day. Forgive from your heart wherever you have been offended and then your heart won’t have a tummy ache!

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