I have been doing some major soul searching recently. There have been multiple things that I have been unhappy about. I realized that for me to live the life I want I need to have better habits in my life.
One thing that I realized is that I have had a lot of bitterness towards people. I realized that I had negative feelings associated with a particular group of people. One person in particular in the group had hurt my feelings significantly. I realized that I needed to forgive this person for the pain they caused me. What suddenly clicked for me to change is that I realized in 5 years I don’t want to be still harboring bitterness toward this person still.
Since I realized that this bitterness needed to be removed I have been doing better with not being bitter towards this group of people. For a while I let this group get me extremely upset. Though recently I haven’t gotten upset nearly as much as I had before the switch.
The reason I believe I have been able to handle this change is from God changing me and helping me through it. I have been in constant prayer for these people and asking God to teach me how to handle certain situations.
Another reason that I believe that I have grown better in the feelings of bitterness is that I have talked about my bitterness to others. I have gone to trusted adults to get advice and feedback on how to grow in this area and how to handle these feelings in certain situations.
I hope one day I get to a point where there is minimal hurt feelings. I also hope one day I won’t let other people’s actions affect me as much, but I am not there yet. I pray that if you have bitterness towards other people that you will fight to remove it from your life. We need to forgive others even if they don’t ask for forgiveness.
- “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice” ~ Ephesians 4:31 ESV
- “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” ~Matthew 6:14-15 ESV
- “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses” ~Proverbs 10:12 ESV
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