“The LORD hates what evil people do, but he loves those who do what is right.” Proverbs 15:9 (NCV)
Perhaps the wound is old. A parent abused you. A teacher slighted you. A mate betrayed you…. And you are angry.
Or perhaps the wound is fresh. The friend who owes you money just drove by in a new car. The boss who hired you with promises of promotions has forgotten how to pronounce your name…. And you are hurt.
Part of you is broken, and the other part is bitter. Part of you wants to cry, and part of you wants to fight…. There is a fire burning in your heart. It’s the fire of anger….
And you are left with a decision.
“Do I put the fire out or heat it up? Do I get over it or get even? Do I release it or resent it? Do I let my hurts heal, or do I let hurt turn into hate?“….
Unfaithfulness is wrong. Revenge is bad. But the worst part of all is that, without forgiveness, bitterness is all that is left.
By Max Lucado
From: The Applause of Heaven
Used by permission
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