I can’t tell you how many times I have been offended, hurt, betrayed and blackmailed. I chose to free myself because I do not want to be devastated by bitterness.
Growing up, one of the things that nearly broke my heart was when I would graze my cattle by the only primary school in my village, and watched my friends in class. I would ask myself; when will I be in school? I was determined to go to school, not just school, but to the university which I did graciously by the special grace of God. As a minister of the gospel, most of the hurts, offenses and betrayals were done to me by senior ministers and Christians full of the Holy Ghost.
Bitterness usually starts out small. The offense burrows its way into our hearts. We replay it in our minds, creeping deep ruts that will be hard to build back. We retell our hurts, pain and offense to any available listener including each sordid detail. We enlist support from friends, pushing us further into more resentment. Whenever we hear the offending person’s name, we cringe, chuckle or turn our faces away from the conversation. We conclude in our minds and hearts that, the offense is intentional and our offender is full of spite. We look for other reasons, both real and imagined to dislike the person. With each new piece of information, we form another layer of bitterness. In most cases, we fool ourselves into thinking that, no one will know; but anger and resentment have a way of seeing into everything. Resentment is like a beach ball or life jacket, the more we try to submerge it into water, the more it resurfaces. No matter how valiant our efforts, it pops up with all its vitality, splashing everyone around.
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” Romans 12:18
Pray this morning, that God will reveal any resentment in your heart to you. I have seen many people say “I am not bitter, I have no problem against him or her, I am not hurt, yet..they are hurting inside.
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see God”. Hebrews 12:14
God requires that we get rid of all bitterness and forgive others. Ephesians 4:32
Do not let anything be an impediment to your walk with God and stop your blessings.
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
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Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.