Resentment is a bitter pill. Why do I harm myself because of someone’s else’s behavior? They don’t seem to suffer from it. And yet I do this every day. Each time I think the resentful thought I feel that bitter pill hitting the pit of my stomach.
Jesus has a remedy for this. He says in the scriptures, “come to me all you who are heavy laden and I will give you rest,” Resentment certainly qualifies as heavy. To put it bluntly, bitter resentment can kill you. I’ve witnessed this first hand.
Yes, it may be hard to attribute a specific fatal illness to resentment, but let’s just say bitterness can eat away at you till there’s no joy left.
And oh, what a joy to be completely free of resentment! Jesus said he came to set the captives free and resentment is certainly a dirty trick that can box you in and steal your joy.
If you need to talk about it, do it. Find a Christian counselor or a good friend who can help guide you out of the pit of resentment. Better yet, ask Jesus to release you from it. Feel once again the joy of God’s redemptive power in your life.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” Luke 4: 18
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11: 28-30
Love and blessings,
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