Free Yourself….. And….Forgive

Are you stationed in the quicksand of bitterness or regret? If so, it’s time to free yourself. The world holds few if any rewards for those who remain angrily focused upon the past. Still, the act of forgiveness is difficult for all but the most saintly men and women. 

Being frail, fallible, imperfect human beings; Most of us are quick to anger, quick to blame, slow to forgive, and even slower to forget. Yet we know that it’s best to forgive others, just as we, too, have been forgiven. 

If there exists even one person, including yourself, against whom you still harbor bitter feelings, it’s time to forgive and move on. Bitterness, and regret are not part of God’s plan for you, but god won’t force you to forgive others. It’s a job that only you can finish, and the sooner you finish it, the better. 

Bitterness is a spiritual cancer, a rapidly growing malignancy that can consume your life. Bitterness cannot be ignored but must be healed at the very core, and only Christ can heal bitterness. 

I believe that forgiveness can become a continuing cycle: because God forgives, us, we’re to forgive others; because we forgive others, God forgives us. 

Dear Heavenly Father, free me from anger and bitterness. When I am angry, I cannot feel the peace that You intend for my life. When I am bitter, I cannot sense Your presence. Keep me mindful that forgiveness is Your commandment. Let me turn away from bitterness and instead claim the spiritual abundance that You offer through the gift of Your Son. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

All bitterness, anger, and wrath, insult and slander must be removed from you, along with all wickedness. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.

Ephesians 4:31-32

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