reprinted from Provocative Church:
I always thought the way crows seem to examine humans was a little creepy. As it turns out, I was right; they’re looking at you so they can tell if you have wronged them in the past.
A study has revealed that crows memorize the faces of people who have wronged them and they may even bring in mobs of other crows to attack the person if they see them later on. The crows in the mobs will also remember the person’s face, so even if you never harmed that specific crow, it may still organize a mob against you. The bottom line is: don’t mess with crows.
But unfortunately this can be true of other people too - or even us. We hold on to grudges. We remember those who have offended us - whether intentionally or not. And unfortunately we hold on to that offensive and forgiveness is not offered.
But the gospel demands forgiveness. Paul writes in Colossians 3:13 - Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
When we live in light of the gospel, we can forgive others, because we remember dearly how richly we've been forgiven by our holy Father.
“In our sin, we are worse off than we know, but in God's grace we are more loved than we can ever imagine.” — Tim Keller