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Friday, April 19, 2019

Learning to Break Free from Unforgiveness

In review of Job 21:23, 25 it says, “One person dies in full vigor, completely secure and at ease . . . Another dies in bitterness of soul, never having enjoyed anything good” (Job 21:23, 25 NIV).

Today’s passages are from Job 21:23 and 25. Job recognizes and says, some people stay healthy till the day they die; they die happy and at ease, their bodies well-nourished. Others have no happiness at all; they live and die with bitter hearts.

The way I respond to my personal struggles shows my attitude toward God. Rather than becoming angry with God and life, I need to continue to trust him, no matter what my circumstances may be. Although it is often difficult to see, God is in control. I must commit myself to him so I will not resent his timing.

In my life, God will place opportunities in front of me, doors only I can open. But I can’t step through them if I’m harboring any unforgiveness. Unforgiveness is a prison.

The Bible tells us, “One person dies in full vigor, completely secure and at ease . . . Another dies in bitterness of soul, never having enjoyed anything good” (Job 21:23, 25 NIV).

Ultimately I have a choice. I can hold on to unforgiveness and bitterness, or I can experience the life God is calling me to live. I can’t have both.

I may think the person who hurt me doesn’t deserve my forgiveness. I may be right, but I must keep in mind that I don’t deserve forgiveness, either.

Ephesians 4:32 reminds me, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (NIV).

Forgiveness isn’t easy. But it’s the only way to step into the life God wants for me.

Bottom Line:
My responses matter, forgive, because I have been forgiven.

What this means to me:
My response matters, I need to learn to forgive, regardless of the situation. I forgive, because God has forgiven me through Christ Jesus.

How has your life been affected by bitterness or unforgiveness?
When do you find it most difficult to forgive others?
What person do you need to forgive right now? What’s keeping you from it? What one step can you take toward forgiveness this week?

In my life today, I don’t think there is anyone person who I’m holding back forgiveness on. I am however affected by what it takes to accomplish things at work. I get bitter at times and it likely reflects my outlook and responses. I do need to keep in mind that God has me where I am to train me, to help others, and to make a difference. I just need to turn my eyes away from the situation and focus on serving and making things better.

Today Father, I could use your assistance to help me focus on what is important to finish before I take time off of work. I pray for your wisdom and guidance in decisions, interactions and in plans on how I lead others. This I pray through your Son Jesus name, amen!


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