I didn’t want to be bitter. I wanted to forgive her, but I didn’t know how. I kept praying, reading the Bible, and seeking God’s help. I also sought the counsel of another close friend who prayed with me—a lot! Gradually, I learned to let go of the bitterness I had held onto for so long, and I was able to forgive my friend.
God was in Christ, offering peace and forgiveness to the people of this world. And he has given us the work of sharing his message about peace.
2 Corinthians 5:19 (CEV)
Bitterness is tough to overcome. But the peace and joy I have felt since I released my bitterness and forgave my friend is worth all the effort. If you are harboring bitterness that you need to release, ask God for help today.
GIVE ME YOUR PEACE: God, I am angry, frustrated, and sad. At the root of these bitter feelings, I feel hurt. Please help me to let go of the painful memories—the fights, the jealousy, the unkind words, the scorn I feel from other people. Take my pain and transform it for good. Help me to see that those who hurt me are hurting too. Teach me to be more understanding, to offer them the love I need so much. Remind me that you see all of us as worthy of love and forgiveness. Give me your peace, God. Fill me with your strength and your love so that I might be an instrument of your peace.
Bernadette Grove [Longmont, CO]