The Word of God tells us in Proverbs 10:12 that ”Hate stirs up trouble, but love forgives all offenses.”
Bitterness keeps you from receiving love. Forgiveness is freedom, and leads to a life of peace. Matthew 5:44, ”I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”
When someone does you wrong, don’t hold onto bitterness because ironically, they’ll need your prayers when it’s time for them to reap what they’ve sowed!
Remember, forgiveness is freedom.
Bitterness is like drinking poison and expecting peace. There’s no peace in holding onto the pain of your past, only agony, and it will eat away at you, and cause you to live a life of void. A person who holds on to bitterness, really desires love, but because they refuse to forgive, there is no room to receive it.
Although a person may have wronged you, your prayers could be their saving grace. Some may think, why should I pray for God to have mercy on someone who was merciless towards me? Because we sin daily, and God forgives us!
We are to be examples of the love of Christ. This doesn’t mean we have to remain a part of the person who wronged us, life. It simply means that we let go of the offense, and and allow God to work in us.
For more insight, read my book, “How to let go and let God.” Use the link below to read a sample.