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Friday, November 11, 2011

Casting aside bitterness

I've been in a bad mood for the past couple of days. Without going into too many details, basically there is a person who is making decisions that put extra work on me. The fact that I disagree with those decisions has made this even more difficult. I've been allowing this situation to affect my mood. I've been complaining and bitter about what I feel is an injustice.

This afternoon, I realized that I was wrong - actually, not just wrong, but sinning. Bitterness was controlling me, and it wasn't just affecting me, but it was affecting my family as well. I was being short-tempered and irritable with my children and Robb, and that wasn't fair to them either. I realized that I needed to go spend some time in God's Word and fix my attitude problem.

Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins. Proverbs 10:12

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32

These verses reminded me where my priorities should be. Rather than grumbling and complaining, letting bitterness take root in my soul, I needed to look on this situation with love and kindness. I spent time in prayer, asking the Lord to help me give over this situation to Him. There is absolutely nothing I can do to change the circumstances, but I can change how I react to the circumstances. I am going to choose to do the work that needs to be done without grumbling. 

I love this cartoon that I found today:
 This is what I plan to do with the bitterness I've been harboring the past few days - just put it all in the dumpster. 

Are you harboring any bitterness right now? If so, leave it in the dumpster of forgiveness.
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