Ephesians 4:29-32; 5:1-2, Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
The Christian life is all about loving God and loving others. As followers of Christ we should be living fruitful and fulfilling lives. Unfortunately, for many of God’s people this is just a theory, not a reality. There are many reasons for this but one primary reason we aren’t loving God as we should and we aren’t loving others as we are commanded is because we have become bitter, rather than better, over the years.
Unfortunately, this is often the result of our unwillingness to forgive those who have wronged us!
As we mentioned yesterday, “If and when we choose not to forgive someone who has ‘wronged us,’ by default, we are choosing to not only disobey Christ, but choosing to allow bitterness to creep into our hearts and fester.”
God help us to understand that those who are willing to forgive become better people; those who are not willing to forgive become bitter people!
Also, we need to understand that bitterness affects every relationship we have beginning with our relationship with God. Therefore, our ability to love God and love others will be hindered. Fruitfulness and fulfillment in life have very little chance for those who are unwilling to forgive and forget. Just seems to be a high price to pay for not willing to forgive past hurts!