Years don’t necessarily age us. Rather, it is the grudges, bitterness and unforgiveness of those years that age us.
Think about it for a minute. When we were kids, our mothers dried clothes under the sun on a clothes line. Before putting the clothes on the line the line will be straight but after putting clothes on it, the weight of the clothes affects the line and it is no longer straight.
If you walk about for years, you may not have a bent back, but if you carry grudges, bitterness and unforgiveness for most of those years, your back will definitely be bent over.
So, if you wish to retain the vibrancy of youth be “quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you” – Colossians 3:13 (MSG).
And don’t let anyone deceive you, there’s no forgiveness without forgetfulness. Love “keeps no record of wrongs” – 1 Corinthians 13:5.