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2023 08 19

Good morning.

Has the pain of your past become a prison in your present?

Bitterness is something we often carefully nurture and grow over the years. When someone hurts us, whether intentionally or unintentionally, and we begin to think of ways to get payback, all we are doing is destroying our own heart and mind. Bitterness is a poison that we prepare for someone else but then drink ourselves.

For followers of Christ, our faith presents a better way to live. Rather than nurture hate, we can “turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14).

Everything within us rebels against this and we can, out of frustration and anger, ask God as Peter did: “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times." (Matthew 18:21‭-‬22)

Living in forgiveness is so much better than living with bitterness. "Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." (Colossians 3:13)

Let us resolve to put Paul's words into practice.

God bless you.

Mike and Daphne

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