Better Not Bitter…..
Nearly everyone has been hurt by the actions or words of another.
These wounds can leave you with lasting feelings of anger, bitterness or even vengeance,
I’ve held on to grudges and disappointments from others for a long time.
The times I’ve spent reminiscing and replaying the tape of my past I could have been moving forward.
Unforgiveness and bitterness has robbed me of progression, I could have been ahead now.
Matthew 18: 35
So also My heavenly Father will deal with every one of you if you do not freely forgive your brother from your heart his offenses.
I’ve seen the people I’ve held unforgivness towards prosper while my life was at a standstill.
What does the bible say about Bitterness?
31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Acts 8:2323 For I see that you are in the gall[a] of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.
Bitterness is common but it should not be a part of the believer life. It will break down relationships, keep us captive to sin and move us away from God
“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;”
What is forgiveness?
Generally, forgiveness is a decision to let go of resentment and thoughts of revenge.
The act that hurt or offended you might always remain a part of your life, but forgiveness can lessen its grip on you and help you focus on other, positive parts of your life.
Forgiveness can even lead to feelings of understanding, empathy and compassion for the one who hurt you.
Colossians 3: 13
Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].
Forgiveness doesn’t mean that you deny the other person’s responsibility for hurting you, and it doesn’t minimize or justify the wrong.
You can forgive the person without excusing the act. Forgiveness brings a kind of peace that helps you go on with life.
Bitterness is a sign that the healing process in you is not over yet, God healing causes us to love again, trust again and try again
When someone you care about hurts you, you can hold on to anger, resentment and thoughts of revenge or embrace forgiveness and move forward
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”