When we choose not to forgive, we give the devil space to work in our hearts and mind. God’s word teaches us to forgive and instructs us to be angry but sin not. Do not let the sun set on our anger.This gives the devil a foothold, a place to work in our hearts and minds. Ephesians 4:26. We are all human and will sometimes get angry, but don’t harbor bitterness in your heart. “See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” (Hebrews 12:15)
When we’re angry, we should take a moment to breathe and pray. It’s easy to make a wrong choice and later be filled with much regret. We often forget that we always have choices when we’re offended. We can surrender our hurt or hold on to our hurt. We can extend grace and forgiveness as our Heavenly Father gives us every day or we can harbor bitterness and be destructive.
Bitterness is like poison that infects our lives. The author of Hebrews
compares bitterness to a root that overtakes our hearts and causes trouble in
many other areas of our lives (Hebrews 12:15)
Although our feelings of bitterness, anger, and resentment may seem justified, they are not. Instead, they’re hurtful and destructive—to ourselves as well as to the
person who hurt us.
Another thought, is anyone worth your salvation and will cause you to burn in hell. Forgiveness doesn’t show weakness, it shows much strength and self control. Anyone can not forgive. We would have less violence if we practice forgiveness as well as instruct our children to do the same.
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Be blessed, keep God first, and keep looking up.
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