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A pastor went to visit some prospective members. It was a husband and wife and their son. At the beginning of the visit, it was a typical visit. They were getting to know each other, what they had done in their lives. Finally, the woman said, "I can’t stand it anymore. I’ve got to say something! My husband and son have not spoken to anybody in years! I don’t even know how long it’s been! They live in the same house, pass by each other in the same hall, eat at the same table, but they don’t speak!" The pastor turned to the man and said, "Is this true?" "Yes, it is," he said. "I made a vow that I would never speak to him the rest of my life and I intend to keep it! I’m a man of my word!" The pastor asked, "What was it that he did that was so horrible?" "I don’t even remember," the man confessed. "I keep my vow!" Now, this man had not only held on to his anger, but he has also hung on to his pride. Because of it, their relationship was suffering.

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