‘See to it that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble.’ Hebrews 12:15 NIV
Releasing yourself from bitterness calls for: (1) Choosing to forgive.‘Be kind and loving to each other, and forgive each other just as God forgave you in Christ.’ (Ephesians 4:32 NCV) Whether or not the person who hurt you apologises, is dead or alive, or is still hurting you, your only option is forgiveness. By forgiving, you set yourself free to enjoy life. (2) Releasing the wrongdoer from all expectations.By changing your expectations, you reclaim your peace of mind. Whether or not the other person changes is his or her business—move on! Requiring a certain response keeps you bound to them. Paul says, ‘We have freedom now, because Christ made us free. So stand strong. Do not change and go back into the slavery of the law.’ (Galatians 5:1 NCV) (3) Transferring to God all expectations for your needs.His Word says, ‘God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.’ (Philippians 4:19 NAS) Note the word ‘all’. God can supply the people, resources and opportunities you need to live a joyful life. (4) Asking God to bless your offender.Yes, it’s difficult, but Jesus said, ‘Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!’ (Matthew 5:44 NLT) That kind of prayer puts you in the driver’s seat of your life. (5) Doing something nice for your offender.Ask God how you can bless them. ‘If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will…conquer evil by doing good.’ (Romans 12:20–21 NLT) You defeat anger and bitterness by believing and acting on God’s Word.
SoulFood: Rom 12-14, Jn 11:1-16, Ps 4, Prov 30:1-4
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2014