After a brief hiatus during which Don and I travelled to Spain and Portugal, I pondered on several topics. I’m glad to be back and hope you’ll provide feedback for this post.
Lying in bed, I thought of the people who would travel with us. One woman had offended me on a prior trip. I had forgiven her. However, as I prayed I realized I still felt a tinge of resentment toward her.
“I don’t want that Lord,” I confessed. “Will you please remove that bitterness from my heart.”
When I saw her the next morning, I flinched momentarily. I had a choice to make, since she hadn’t yet seen us. By God’s grace I chose to greet her with a smile. And she, against whom I had carried a small grudge, responded with warm words of affirmation. We’re enjoying talking and kidding around. It feels good.
When I ask the Father for help He is so very willing to respond, to make me more like Himself. I trust that little bit of resentment will be fully uprooted and spirited away forever.
Someone once said holding onto resentment is like drinking poison and expecting the other guy to die.
Are you holding onto any bitter roots or pungent little shoots? Will you ask God to give you a heart of forgiveness and grace toward that person and allow Him to free you of bitterness?
“Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind).” Ephesians 4:31.