I think everyone holds a little bit of bitterness in their heart. It’s a heavy, poisonous feeling that we feel when someone does us wrong, or you didn’t get that job you wanted, or maybe your still beating yourself up about a mistake you made.
Holding onto anger in your heart can seem a lot easier to do then to simply forgive and move on. I understand that feeling because I struggle with bitterness myself.
Bitterness is like a root. You can’t see the root, it’s under the ground, and it continually grows into a huge root.
Well bitterness is the same way. When you let bitterness take over your heart& spirit, you plant a seed in the ground for that bitterness to grow& weigh you down in life. And the water that grows our heavy bitterness root is our anger& negative thoughts.
In Ephesians 4:31-32 it says:
“Get rid of all bitterness,rage, anger, harsh words and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
God doesn’t want us to be stuck in our bitter& self pity cycle. He wants us to reach our full, fruitful potential in life.
But we can’t meet our full potential if we constantly let our minds and hearts be full of hatred and self pity.
You can live your life bitter, mad at someone or even guilty over something that you’ve done, but you won’t receive God’s best and God’s miracles and opportunities that he has in store for your life.
If someone says something bad about you, or if they despise you, it’s God testing you. God is testing you and also, giving you a opportunity to be good back to your enemies, to have compassion& forgiveness for the ones who despise and dislike us. Bless your enemies.
The sooner you learn to bless your enemies, to be good to those who done you wrong, the better off you’re going to be in life. And sometimes, the way you bless your enemy is by not talking bad about them. Don’t gossip about them, hold a grudge against them or wish bad upon them, bless them, pray for them, forgive them and move on.
You can come out bitter or better. There was a reason for your pain and mistakes.
When you face a situation where you can be bitter, angry or guilty at yourself or someone, you can choose to be bitter or better than the situation. You can rise above your negative thoughts, or other people’s negativity. Look to Jesus, and allow him to take your bad situation or conflict& turn it into a blessing or opportunity to show your enemies God’s best from you.
Forgiving is not easy, but it’s simpler than holding a grudge.
I’ll end my blog with a prayer from my heart❤
Please take my bitterness and turn it into love. Take my anger and hurt that I have for other people& replace it with forgiveness and compassion. Help me forgive people easier and help me be a better Christian. Bless the one’s who dislike me& bless their lives. Watch over them and protect them Lord. Make my heart purer and more loving. I give all my bitterness to you God.🙌
In Jesus’s name,
Always looking to Jesus💕