All things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18 When New England Patriot receive Darryl Stingley cut toward the middle of the field on August 12, 1978, searching for the pass coming his way, he never saw Oakland Raider safety Jack Tatum coming. Tatum, known for his vicious hits, jarred Stingley with his helmet and forearm, breaking the twenty-six year-olds neck and rendering him a quadriplegic for life. The hit was within league rules and considered tragic bad luck. However, not once did Tatum seek Stingley out afterward to apologize. Stingley, however, forgave Tatum, calling his predicament a test of faith. He asked himself, “In whom, and how much, do you believe, Darryl” In the end, he was the one who was liberated as God released him from the burden of anger and grief. Grudges are self-imposed burdens; they’re not God’s best for you. Once you consider the lengths God went to so you could be reconciled with Him, your perspective toward others should shift. You reflect well on Jesus when you make peace with those who have wronged you (or whom you have wronged). Another part of the reconciling work God has for you involves letting people know how they can get right with God, and there’s no room for bad blood in your life or theirs—only Christ’s.