Thought for the Day #341
31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Bitterness is one of the most difficult things that we deal with in life...
What one of us has not been wounded by the insensitive actions of others? Sometimes such action is deliberate and other times it is by accident. The hurt is the same regardless of the motive.
Such experiences can cause us to harbor ill feelings and bitterness toward those who abuse us. †Like a cancerous cell, they eat away at our peace of mind, and even our health.
Remember that bitterness, anger and unforgiveness usually injures only one person. You!
The easiest way to conquer such emotions is to remember the great sacrifice that Jesus Christ paid for your own forgiveness. Remembering the forgiveness of our own personal debt, which we could not pay, becomes a great aid in forgiving others.
How can we refuse to forgive others, when we have been forgiven of so much? Rather, let us go our way in peace, rejoicing in the grace and mercy of God.
Great joy, peace and satisfaction fill the heart to those who have learned the secret of extending blessing and kindness to those who have despitefully used them.
Do yourself a favor. Extend forgiveness and receive wonderful blessing.
Dear God, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord. I must admit that I am miserable and bitter. I feel like I cannot help myself. I have been deeply wounded, and unfairly treated. I do recognize that I am hurting myself more than my offender. I choose to forget it and forgive them. Give me the help and strength that I need to do it. I do remember your grace and mercy to me. Give me the wisdom and ability that I need to extend my forgiveness to those who have hurt me. I pray in Jesusí name. Amen.