I was going through my emails the other day from 5 years ago and came across an email exchange between myself and a family member. As I was reading it, I was in complete shock! I could not believe they had the nerve to email me that and needless to say, I didn’t hold back. I responded immediately letting out every ounce of my frustration! Looking back, I realize that although I was offended by their words, I could have chosen a different response but instead, I allowed bitterness to take root.
Bitterness is like poison that infects our lives. Hebrews 12:15 compares bitterness to a root that overtakes our hearts and causes trouble in different areas of our lives. Although our feelings of frustration, bitterness, resentment and anger may seem justified, they are not. In reality, they’re damaging and hurtful not just to the person who hurt us, but to ourselves as well. We must never forget that we have choices when we’re offended. Instead of giving the enemy an opportunity to plant bitterness, let’s choose forgiveness and extend grace. I thank God for His hand upon my life and most importantly for His forgiveness. Today, I’m better! And you can be too!! The only difference between bitter and better is one letter and it is “I”.
– Crystal K. Denkins