Shut down the flow of bitterness in your life completely. Even a little leak will infect your soul like poison. (Tweet that)
Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:
looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God;
lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble,
and by this many become defiled.
– Hebrews 12: 14-15 (NKJV)
I was bitter for a very long time. It was ugly. It took years to shut off the valve that for so long flowed freely. Still, even as I began to heal and that free flow became a slow leak, there wasn’t any less damage. Bitterness of any kind or depth is a slow death to the soul.
You cannot heal with bitterness burning through your blood. You have to let it go. This is hard to do, but as I explained in my eBook, Mercy Waits, mercy is letting go.
You need to have mercy on yourself and realize that the longer you are bitter, the slower your healing process will be. I often refer to healing as a process because we heal moment-by-moment and day-by-day. It is never easy – but always worth it.
Every day you have to wake up with the attitude that you will not be bitter. Some days, you will fail. No progress is instantaneous, but you will make it, little by little. Purpose to shut off the valve.
You can do this… Shut. It. Off.
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