Letting go of the weights-1

Hebrews 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”
1 Peter 2:1 “Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings…”
Let me start today’s gist with this piece I once read on how they catch monkeys in India. Monkey-hunters use a box with an opening at the top, big enough for the monkey to slide its hand in. Inside the box are nuts. The monkey grabs the nuts and now its hand becomes a fist. The monkey tries to get its hand out but the
opening is big enough for the hand to slide in, but too small for the fist to come out. Now the monkey has a choice, either to let go of the nuts and be free forever or hang on to the nuts and get caught. Guess what it picks every time? You guessed it. He hangs on to the nuts and gets caught!
Friend, we are no different from those monkeys. Most of us hang on to some nuts that are keeping us from going forward in life and becoming the very best God has destined for us.
Hebrews 12:1 admonishes us to let go of these “nuts” or weights but then 1Peter 2:1 went ahead to mention some of the “nuts”. The nuts are much more than these and I believe you know the ones you’re holding unto.
These nuts are terrible and gets us caught in webs of confusion and stagnancy. Our text talks about the nut of malice. Malice according to dictionary is a desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering on another, either because of a hostile impulse or out of deep-seated meanness or wickedness. It is an evil intent on the part of a person to commit a wrongful act injurious to others. A desire to take pleasure in another’s misfortune.
This is a terrible nut to hold unto…to be continued
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