Bitterness has deceived many for generations. Bitterness happens when you place yourself as judge AND victim in a story. You are the one who was hurt and you get to decide the punishment carried out on the person who hurt you.
In Ephesians 4, Paul wrote to his readers, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice.” Paul couldv’e said it this way, “take your garbage out.” There’s a reason you put your trash in a bag and throw it out in the dumpster – because IT STINKS!
When you choose to hold on to your bitterness over any situation, you are locking up a rotten, mold-infested, putrid piece of trash. Yes, you were hurt. Yes, it damaged you emotionally, mentally, or even relationally. But the solution is not to ignore it our sulk over it. Get rid of it because it will make you stink.
Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.
– Corrie Ten Boom
The solution to bitterness is to forgive. You are called to forgive. Often we sing songs that say, “I’m a child of God!” Amen! So let’s act like it. Let’s forgive without strings attached. You might be a victim of a terrible situation but don’t sit on the judge’s seat. Let God sit there. He’s a better judge than you.
Ephesians 4:32 “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”