Grudges: The Scars of Betrayal

Grudges are the scars of betrayal. If we are not careful, those scars become an excuse for not taking a risk on love and are the basis for being unwilling to trust again. Grudges also become the excuses for not allowing ourselves to heal.

We are determined to “make sure that this will never happen to us again.” However, the moment we do that, we not only withdraw to protect ourselves, we begin to find ways to get back, get even and to get this hurt off of us.

Many marriages are polluted by leftover betrayal from past relationships. Numerous families are torn apart by scars and grudges from childhood and the lingering pain not yet overcome. If you think about it, there are many people who are wrecked by the inability to function in daily life due to scars and grudges from their past. Unfortunately, much addiction, abuse and criminal activity share this common root.

The way to remove the tenderness of the scars of betrayal - grudges - is forgiveness. Forgiveness is the spiritual plastic surgery that can remove the scars and heal pain.

Forgive, or hold on to a grudge…the choice is yours.

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Bonnie Morét is an award-winning photographer recognized by The Georgia Council of the Arts as "an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia art work." Her photography is featured on Georgia Public Broadcast's Georgia Traveler. Her exhibitions include Fifth Annual Exposure Awards at Musee du Louvre in Paris, France, Art Takes Miami at Scope Art during Art Basel Miami, Metro Montage XIII at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, World of Water at the Georgia Aquarium, Open Walls at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Wholly Georgia: A Look at the Effects of Southern Religious Culture, sponsored by the Art History League and Georgia State University, at Mint Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, 6x6 at the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center in Rochester, New York, @Phonography: Dialogue in the Wireless Age, at 3 Ring Circus in New Orleans, Louisiana, and About Lands and Lives of the Civil War at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Her photography appears in Modern Luxury/The Atlantan, Jezebel Magazine, and hangs in the executive offices at the Georgia State Capitol as part of the Art of Georgia exhibit. Corporate clients include Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta History Center, Chanel Cosmetics, Christian Dior Cosmetics, Sharp Mountain Vineyards, PM Realty Group, Granite Properties, Road Atlanta, Patrón Tequila, Georgia's Own Credit Union, StubHub, CBM Records and The Washington Auto Show.