Bitterness Is Not Holy 🍋

Are you bitter? I would like to suggest that you have the ability be bitter and also be blind. Blinded to that unforgiveness, resentment, and contempt towards whoever you’re holding it against. 

So I ask again, do you have someone you need to forgive? Ask God to search your heart and show you who or what you may need to be forgiving today. It’s not a suggestion of God to forgive others, it is a command. With an awfully high price to pay, according to Jesus. 
Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

It’s not something the other person earns and it doesn’t make what they did okay. It means you are released from the captivity of resentment. 
It means you will also be forgiven by our Heavenly Father. How many times should we forgive? 
Matthew 18:21-22
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
And what if you can’t forgive? Ask God to help you. It is His will for us to forgive. 
1 John 5:14-15

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.


Dear Lord,

Search my heart. Reveal to me the bitterness I may be holding on to. Let me release that with your help. I acknowledge that forgiveness cannot and is not meant to be earned. Rather, it is by knowing the grace I have been given that I can pass this on in forgiveness to my fellow brothers and sisters. Despite that wrong that may have been done, I choose to fully forgive. That doesn’t mean what they did was okay. It means I release them in grace and cling to your promises. Thank you for forgiving me for my sins. I can only do this through the our strength, so help me Lord. 

In Jesus’ Name, 

Amen

3 thoughts on “Bitterness Is Not Holy 🍋

  1. Thanx.

    Yes. God and I are doing some business together in forgiveness. I was just sharing a few days ago with another blogger on this subject. I wonder if you ever heard of Marietta Jeager. Her daughter was kidnapped and killed by a serial killer who up to that time had not been even detected. I cant go into that whole tale here on this comment, but you should google her. Her daughter was kidnapped while they were on vacation in Montana. And hers was the very first case the FBI ever did a psych profile on the suspect. And they nailed his profile perfectly. But they could not catch him until Merietta spent a who year praying for the mysterious man who took her baby. The killer was caught, but killed himself. But Merietta then made friends of the killer’s mother after that. And the whole story is absolutely amazing.

    Yes. This is a command. It is a gift too, in the end. But it is quite serious. There are only 3 times, I think, when Jesus warns of JUDGMENT. Don’t blaspheme the Holy Spirit, take care how you treat the poor, and forgive if you want to be forgiven.

    Thanx for this good word.

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  2. the choice of bitter or better (self or God) — great challenge sister! thank you! Lord bless you!

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