Poison of the Soul

Bitterness or resentment is like acid. It damages both the container in which it’s stored and the vessel on which it’s poured. But bitterness hurts us more than the person we resent. Chances are, our adversary has moved on with life while we remain stuck in our grudge and animosity. Cherishing bitterness is plain stupidity. Worse, it’s “poison” (Acts 8:23), which is why Mandela said, “Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for it to kill your enemy.” The root of bitterness isn’t so much the hurt or bad experiences we’ve suffered, but our unforgiving spirit, pride, and unconvertedness (Ephesians 4:31, 32; Matthew 18:21-35; Hebrews 12:15). Are you poisoned by bitterness? Detox now! Forgive and live!—Samuel Koranteng-Pipim


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