Bitterness and Unforgiveness

My favourite jewellery is pearls.

A pearl is formed when an irritant like a grain of sand is swept into the oyster’s sell by a current and lodges in its flesh. The animal fights back, neutralising the intruder by coating it with a micro-thin layer of nacre, a silvery substance that is about 90% calcium caronate. The oyster patiently continues to lacquer the irritant, layer by layer, forming a  pearl. (Readers Digest – April 1998).

Bitterness is very much the same, only the end result is not as beautiful. Someone hurts you but instead of dealing with the hurt, it lodges in your soul and builds up layers of resentment, then anger, then bitterness then murder. And worse of all, in the process a door is opened for demons to become lord over that area of your life.

If we do not forgive others, God cannot forgive us. The unforgiveness forms a barrier.

Recently I watched a movie called ‘Amish Grace’. It’s the true story of a man whose baby girl dies at birth, and, in bitterness towards God, he decides to kill all the girls at a nearby Amish school, in order to punish God.

Ten girls were shot.

In obedience to God’s word, the bereaved Amish parents forgave the killer, speaking out forgiveness each time anger whelmed up in them. One father who lost a daughter asked his younger daughter how it felt to harbour unforgiveness. She answered, ‘not nice’. He then replied to say, ‘Unforgiveness grows and has teeth that will eat up your heart.’ Whether this was the Hollywood version or his actual words is irrelevant, truth is truth.

KEEP SHORT ACCOUNTS! Do not let the sun go down on your offense and give the enemy a foothold.

Claudia Burger

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