When You’re Hurt, Choose Forgiveness over Bitterness - Daily Hope with Rick Warren - March 5, 2020
When You’re Hurt, Choose Forgiveness over Bitterness
By Rick Warren
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV).
Everyone who is alive will be hurt, many times over. Sometimes you will be hurt intentionally. Other times someone will accidentally hurt you. The way you respond to hurt will determine how it affects you.
If you forgive, you can move on and find happiness. If you become bitter, you can let one hurt wreck your entire lifetime. You will find that bitterness is a boomerang. It always comes back and hurts you more than anyone else.
Paul, one of the early Christians, talks about how destructive bitterness is. In his letter to the church at Ephesus, he says, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV).
What is the antidote to the poison of bitterness? Forgiveness. Paul tells you to follow the example of God, who forgives you in Christ.
Is there anyone you may be bitter against? An old boyfriend or girlfriend? An employer? A former spouse? A parent or child? A teacher, neighbor, or friend? Let Jesus flush that bitterness out of your system. Choose to forgive that person, like God forgives you. Let God set you free from bitterness and make room for kindness and compassion in your heart.
When Jesus was teaching his followers how to pray, he told them to say this: “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12 NIV).
In essence that’s saying, “Lord, forgive me as much as I forgive everybody else.” That is a tough standard! But if you follow it, and forgive people in the same way you want to be forgiven, it will help keep bitterness away.
You may have been hurt deeply. You may think it’s impossible for you to forgive—and it may be impossible for you to forgive on your own. That’s why you need Jesus Christ.
Only the power of God can replace hate with love and set you free from the bitterness that can grow from deep hurts.
For more Daily Hope with Rick Warren, please visit pastorrick.com!
NEW Matching Grant Opportunity Just Added!
The $25,000 Matching Grant was met in full thanks to faithful friends like you. And now a NEW $10,000 Match has been offered to double gifts to Daily Hope!
This means even more people around the world can hear about the hope of Jesus on TV, on the radio, or online and find new life in him. And there’s nothing more important at this crucial moment in history than for us to boldly live out our faith—and bring more people to Jesus.
But this special matching opportunity is only available until midnight tonight, so please don’t wait.
As thanks for your GivingTuesday gift, we’ll send you Pastor Rick’s book, God’s Power to Change Your Life. This inspiring hardback book is filled with simple but profound truths from the Bible to help you experience the life change you’ve been longing for.
Please don’t miss this opportunity to have your gift doubled by the NEW Matching Grant right now.
Thank you for giving today to help even more people around the world hear about the hope found only in Jesus.
All gifts will be doubled up to the full amount of the grant. Thank you for your generous support!
*The USA IRS code permits you to deduct the amount of your financial gift to Daily Hope that exceeds the fair market value of materials you received from Daily Hope.
This devotional © 2018 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
You can listen to Rick Warren on OnePlace.com.