Bitterness, Resentment, and Unforgiveness


        It flows through your veins like cancer, twisting and churning through your body. Then slowly it takes over your brain, and you are unable to function or think. You have become paralyzed with bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness.

     You dwell on every injustice that you have encountered in your life, starting with your parents, siblings, friends and your spouse. You remember each detail, and it plays over and over in your mind. Soon you are quarrelsome, lost your appetite, have trouble sleeping, and you have no regard for the ones closest to you. You have allowed the bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness to take over your life, and you are no longer in control.

     What is forgiveness? How can you forgive someone who has hurt you or someone you love? Forgiveness has to be a personal decision to let go of the resentment and bitterness. Only you can make this crucial decision.  By not doing so; you are allowing the person that hurt you control your life. The hurt will always remain a part of your life, but by forgiving you are lessening the hold it has on you. Forgiving will ultimately help you more than the person who has hurt you. Release the offender to God and allow Him to do His work, as only He can do. You are placing the other person in God’s hands by forgiving.

     As you learn to forgive and allow God to be in charge, you will feel better both physically and emotionally. Harboring the bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness will result in stress that will allow serious health problems to develop, as a result. Any existing health concerns are magnified, and you are feeling depressed to tears. Refusing to forgive is making you sick, and you are in perpetual turmoil with intense anxiety. You are allowing a malignant growth to spread throughout your soul, heart, and mind. You are refusing God’s help, and Satan is rejoicing in your turmoil. It is Satan standing by you now, and he is relishing the poison coursing through your veins. It is now that you must ask God for the strength and will to forgive those who have hurt you. Only God can set you free from this self-imposed condition of bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness.

     Forgiveness may not lead to reconciliation but for the sake of your own spiritual and emotional health, it is imperative to forgive those who have wounded you so deeply. After all, God forgives all of our sins by our just asking Him and having a truly, contrite heart. He died on the cross for each and every one of us. Who are we refusing His help to forgive others?

     As you forgive and let go of the bitterness and resentment, you will feel peace and tranquility enter into your heart and soul; a peacefulness will descend upon you. You are allowing God back into your life where all things are possible with Him guiding you.  You are allowing God to do His good works and casting Satan back into the fires of hell.

     Luke 6:27-28 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”

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.”