Freedom from Bitterness

1)  RECOGNIZE that someone has caused you pain and that your response to their sin, or your perception of an offense, will either free you or bind you.

2)  REPENT if you have allowed the sin of another to cause your relationship with God to falter.  You may have been a victim of sin initially, but at some point you become a perpetrator if you feel you must take vengeance rather than allow God to deal with the individual.  Victims can turn into violators if unforgiveness festers.

3)  READ God’s Word daily, often, so when temptation comes to react to situations, especially those that involve past pain, you can be freshly reminded of God’s promises to help you overcome wrong feelings.

4)  REJOICE in the reality that God is faithful to you no matter what you have experienced.  He knows the depth of pain you have gone through.  Jesus, divine God, sinless, willingly took upon Himself the sins of us all so that we would have opportunity to forgive and be free.

5)  REMIND yourself daily that because Christ has forgiven you, you must also forgive others (Col.3:13).  Praying for the person who has wronged you will develop love in your heart toward them.  It’s not because they asked for or deserve forgiveness, but it’s your extending grace to them, as Christ has done to us.

REMEMBER:  Think->Do->Feel.  Do not let feelings lead you, but God’s Word instead.

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