Look after each other so that not one of you will fail to find God’s best blessings. Watch out that no bitterness takes root among you, for as it springs up it causes deep trouble, hurting many in their spiritual lives. Hebrews 12:15
Bitterness is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
The bible says that religiosity can keep us from receiving the grace of God. We must know where we stand with the Lord, are we looking to make God happy by keeping His rules, the church rules, serving out of duty or for validation, etc. The Lord cares more about the intentions of our hearts
Hebrews 12, says that we should strengthen those who are weak, keep the peace with everyone and live in holiness (lives set apart for God’s use). And if we don’t live this way, we can harbor unresolved anger in our souls which turns into bitterness, and undoubtedly affect our life and relationships.
Bitterness defiles us and those around us. Bitter people are resentful, cynical, coldhearted, critical, harsh and judgmental. It prevents us from developing true intimacy with others, and causes us to entertain toxic relationships as well. Finally, it also pours out into our relationship with God. We tend to withdraw, resent and/or avoid God too.
So what is the antidote to bitterness? Forgiveness!
Vengeance is mine says the Lord, let God handle your offenders!
Father God, I ask you to help us all to forgive others when our hearts tell us that don’t deserve it. Help us to let go of what should have been, and accept what is; may you open our hearts to make allowance for other people’s wrongs, and give us the grace to forgive those who offend us. May we remember, how you have forgiven us and forgive others in the same way. In the name of Jesus I pray! Amen.