Bullet in the Head

For more than 60 years, Jin Guangying of Jiangsu , China suffered a terrible headache. Jin is 77 years old.

Her family thought Jin had a tumor in the brain. But since they are so poor, they could not afford to bring her to the doctor. But then Jin would also foam in the mouth and talk nonsense as if she was insane. So when they could no longer bear it, they had her head examined.

Believe it or not, the doctor found a bullet lodged deep in her head!

After a brain surgery to remove the bullet, experts identified it as vintage World War II. Suddenly, Jin recalled that in 1943 she went to see her grandfather who was a guerilla fighter at that time. But a Japanese patrol intercepted her and fired at her. She lost consciousness. When she came to, her head was already bandaged. She never knew until recently that there's a bullet in her head. (Source: Yahoo! News)

What's worse than a bullet in the head? Bitterness and other negative emotions lodged deep in the heart. That's why Paul commands us, "Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." (Ephesians 4:31-32) In the Greek, "Get rid" does not only carry the idea of "remove" but also "have no more to do with it. Every trace of these blemishes is to be forsaken." (The Expositor's Bible Commentary: New Testament)

Someone wrote,
"A rattlesnake, if cornered, will sometimes become so angry it will bite itself. That is exactly what the harboring of hate and resentment against others is--a biting of oneself. We think that we are harming others in holding these spites and hates, but the deeper harm is to ourselves."

Brethren, let us forsake these blemishes.

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