Ephesians 4:31 (NKJV) Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
A story of two shopkeepers that owned stores directly across the street from each other. Each spent his days tracking the others’ business, and gloating triumphantly each time a customer chose his own store. Over time, they became bitter rivals. Are you bitter towards someone in your life?
One night an angel appeared to one of the shopkeepers and said, ‘I’ll give you anything you request, but whatever you receive, your competitor will receive double. Would you be rich? You can be very rich indeed, but he’ll be twice as wealthy. Do you desire a long and healthy life? Request it, but his life will be longer and healthier. What’s your desire?’
The man thought for a moment, and with a sly grin, stated, ‘Strike me blind in one eye!’
Bitterness is relentless and dangerous when allowed to take root in our hearts. It destroys decision-making abilities and compromises otherwise focused and productive lives. It’s only remedy is forgiveness freely by the Lord God almighty. And if you believe the Bible, we are to give of ourselves generously to others. This is very poignant lesson for our lives, and the lives for those who are connected to us.
Point to ponder- Take a step out of bitterness into forgiveness today. Forgive the unforgivable. You can do it! The reason your are reading this message is because it’s time to free yourself of bitterness and forgive the unforgivable! I don’t know about you family of God, but I just want to be free!
Quote James Baker, Jr. “Whatvever it is in your life that has you bitter, let it go and allow God to make you better”
In His Love,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.