Love Challenge: Give up

We didn’t just end up here by chance…it just took one….

…one quip of the tongue in anger.

…one hurt nursed instead of released.

…one declined call when you really needed care.

…one tiny grain of negativity held tightly under the guise of self-protection or self-preservation.

The ripple effect of ONE reaches father than most care to admit.

The ripple effect of ONE reaches father than most care to admit.

The smallest molecule of bitterness grows wrecking havoc; no one is unharmed.*

Today is the day to LET IT GO.

You know this already, you believe it heart and soul but what do you do when you’re the Pigpen of bitterness?

Have you ever considered that you are self-righteous,

that the anger, bitterness and hostility are byproducts of your actions?

bitterness-victimGoogle bitterness and the floodgates of affirmation open, actually, those that let go of bitterness and offenses are “great people”, but we stop and miss the mark. Actually, most quotes prove my point: self-seeking.

Release bitterness so YOU can be free….it only drags YOU down…YOU’RE the one left in prison…Don’t get me wrong, I agree, BUUUUUUUT,

What about you?

Where is the remorse or equal level bitterness towards our own shortcomings?

Peter, a disciple of Jesus, had it so wrong many times (insert major understatement) but he always ended on the right note: humble repentance.

When Peter denies Christ three- THREE!- times just as Christ foretold, Peter didn’t claim victim status, imagine him saying, “Jesus sabotaged me by placing that thought in my mind. This is just a self-fulfilling prophecy!”  He didn’t have angst towards Christ.

Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.” Matthew 26:75

How many times should we recognize our errors and weep bitterly over them rather than becoming a victim and poisoning ourselves with bitterness? Fortunately, I provide myself daily opportunities to practice this! How about you?

The beautiful thing about the Lord is that He restores. I appreciate Psalms 71:20

“Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up.”

Peter really screwed up (as did most biblical figures, and me, and you) but God used Peter to begin the church. God loves you and me so much that nothing inflicted on us by others or by ourselves can ever stop Him from restoring a humble heart.

Will you today accept the love challenge to search and release bitterness within your heart and committing to, “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone…**”?

Will you choose to walk in humility and circumspectly of your OWN actions?

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 *“Exercise foresight and be on the watch to look (after one another), to see that no one falls back from and fails to secure God’s grace, in order that no root of resentment (rancor, bitterness, or hatred) shoots forth and causes trouble and bitter torment, and the many become contaminated and defiled by it.” Hebrews 12:15 (amplified)

 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy…” Hebrews 12:14

“Get rid of all bitterness rage and anger, brawling slander along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32

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