THERE IS NO TORMENT like the inner torment of an unforgiving spirit. Without question, it is one of the most miserable attitudes to experience in life.
THERE IS NO TORMENT like the inner torment of an unforgiving spirit.
Without question, it is one of the most miserable attitudes to experience
In the New Testament, every mention of bitterness comes from the same Greek
root—pik—which means "to cut, prick." Peter wept "bitterly" after denying
Christ (Matthew 26:75), that is, he wept because he was pricked in his
conscience. In Acts 8:23, another man was said to have been "in the gall of
bitterness" (KJV) when he wanted to appear to be godly and spiritually
powerful even though he was quite the opposite. He was a religious phony,
bitter to the core.
Read carefully these words about this lethal attitude called bitterness.
Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for
those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Look after each other so that
none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous
root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.
You see, we cannot nurture the bitterness plant and at the same time keep
it to ourselves. The bitter root bears bitter fruit. Maybe you think you
can hide it . . . you can live with it . . . you can "grin and bear it,"
but you cannot. That sharp, cutting edge of unforgiveness will work its way
to the surface, and in insidious ways it will corrupt others. Worst of all,
you, the victim, will be the most miserable.
Whatever it is that has caused you pain, or whoever it is who has injured
you with ugly words or with a judgmental spirit—however deep the wounds of
abuse and rejection run in your soul, it's time to forgive. To let go of
that poisonous root of bitterness and allow the Spirit of Christ to heal
and to restore. The damage is done. The words have been uttered. The blows
have been leveled. It's time to turn all of it over to Him—the only One
able to understand—who can wipe away the tears and make all things new.