21st March 2019

Compassion UK: Better, Not Bitter

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamour and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:31–32 NASB


 

Bitterness threatens to affect us all at some time or other. We risk becoming bitter when we face injustice, when someone who is less hardworking or able gets promoted ahead of us, when an ex-partner who mistreated us finds love with someone new, when someone takes credit for our work or forgets to thank us.

These things can cause bitterness to take root. But the only person who tastes the bitterness in your own life is you. You’ll face a crossroads at some point. One sign will say Bitter and the other sign, Better. The road to Bitter is broad. Better is a hard path, but the destination speaks for itself. It’s a great gift to yourself and to others not to choose Bitter. You may have good reason. You may even have the right. But where would you rather live?

Reflection
Have you been a victim of injustice? Over Lent, take a moment today to write that incident down. Call God into the centre of it. Ask him to cultivate forgiveness in your heart where bitterness is threatening to put down its roots.

Lord, you have seen the injustices against me. You’ve seen it all, and you know how I feel. But I don’t want to become bitter in my heart. I want my heart to be fully available to you instead of tangled with the weeds of bitterness. Today I forgive those who’ve hurt me. I choose for you to make me a better person. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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