Life throws surprises to us, good and bad. We might have an unfaithful friend or spouse, treated unfairly by a certain colleague or by our employer. We may even face slander from a used to be trusted friend.
Jesus too experienced a betrayal from His trusted friends. He called Judas friend but Judas betrayed Him. Peter who confessed his utmost devotion to Jesus, denied Jesus at the moment He needs Peter the most. I’m sure in today’s world those two doings could send someone to bitterness instantaneously.
Jesus however did not stay bitter. He mentioned Peter’s name specifically after the day of His resurrection. By doing so, I believe Peter’s life was touched by God’s undeserving grace and it completely transformed Peter to a God fearing disciple.
Jesus did not let the bitterness of betrayal manifested; He forgave the one who wronged Him.
Stop going over your bitter past and re-cast the scenes in your mind. If the old issues do not build your inner man, let it go and choose to forgive. You will only do yourself a favor by letting off a load of unnecessary burden off your shoulder.
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.
- John W