Let Forgiveness Slay Your Bitterness

August 17

“Vindicate me, O Lord,
for I have walked in my integrity.
I have also trusted in the Lord;”
Psalm 26:1

If you want the Lord to vindicate you, keep your integrity and trust him. Be patient.

While you wait, set your heart on forgiveness. Forgiveness is probably the most difficult thing asked of us, but one of the most necessary. Holding on to bitterness will not affect those who hurt you as they go about their merry way, but it will imprison you in misery. You CANNOT do it on your own. Ask for A WAY to forgive.

I asked for a way to forgive and was given a perspective that works for me. God showed me his plan for me worked out as a movie. Many players came into and out of my life, all playing a necessary role which the Lord used to transform my fallen soul into something good, something that glorifies him. In his plan for each life, he has set goals and he uses the circumstances of our lives to get us there. Some of those goals can be met ONLY through pain.

I became able to go back and see what role each player played, and I gained understanding as I saw that there would have been no way to get to where I am today other than through those hard stories. That gave me the perspective through which I was enabled to forgive the players. And forgiveness slew the bitterness and brought peace.

But you have to ask for it. You have to be willing for him to make you willing.

Realize that those deep wounds CANNOT be healed without forgiveness. ASK for the ability to let it all go. What he will give you will be personalized just for you as it was for me. Only then will you find peace.


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