Release Resentment

Forgiveness is not just simply saying, “I forgive you.” It is a transformational process that can free you from bitterness, anger and resentment.

Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

– Colossians 3:13 ESV

Forgiveness is not always easy. It requires vulnerability, humility and a willingness to let go of your desire for justice or revenge. It’s a matter of relinquishing your presumable control and asking the Lord to overwhelm you with His presence and peace. Only God can give you the stability you need. When you cut the umbilical cord of bitterness and forgive someone for their wrongful actions, you experience peace.

Forgiveness brings gifts to your life – healing, restoration and reconciliation to broken relationships. It can bring peace to your heart and a new perspective on life. It can give a refreshing spirit of happiness, productivity and service to others.

Forgiveness can free you of unwanted and unnecessary burdens.

You will experience a new sense of freedom when you release resentment and embrace forgiveness. You will find that your heart is no longer weighed down by bitterness and anger but instead filled with love and compassion (not pity). You will find that forgiveness is not just a gift to others, but it is also a gift to yourself.

As a believer in Christ, forgiveness is not only something you are called to do, but it is something that Christ has modeled. The Lord is waiting for you to trust Him and release the chains holding you down. He will heal you and bring you peace.

Today’s One Thing

Take the first step towards forgiveness. It may be challenging, but it is worth it. Start by acknowledging the pain caused, release any resentment and then give all of it to the Lord and live abundantly.

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