There are times that we cannot understand some of the problems we are facing today with people.
It seems that we are clueless why other people would treat us differently or even badly. We try to weigh things but there’s just no reason we can think of why they do what they do towards us and sometimes it is the other way around; we treat them so bad even if they are very good people.
Upon reading Numbers 20, I realized that what have caused me to act indifferently towards other people in the past was sometimes due to unresolved issues and mindless spoken words they have innocently uttered but have offended me in some ways. I might have also done or have unknowingly left words to them that have left them wounded without my knowledge.
I have kept these in my heart and these things have eventually caused me to hinder the flow of blessing towards them and even in other people who might resemble them or who might remind me of them.
I remember that Korean movie “Sassy Girl” I’ve watched in college where the girl would always be mad at the man because he reminded him of his boyfriend who unexpectedly passed away. She could not stand this man’s presence because he reminded him of a person who left her and now she is afraid to be close to anyone in fear that they’ll also leave in an instant.
We release any bitterness and let God replace it with joy and love for these people so that we can enjoy our lives and show them that God can turn any heart of stone into flesh.
When this happens, the real enemy, who came to steal, kill, and destroy our lives have nothing to use against us anymore. He cannot use us to cause other people pain either because all we will give to them is love, care, and understanding because we let God’s love flow in us instead of hatred.
Trading Bitterness For Joy
I can’t be happy for people when I have bitterness in my heart.
The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy. – Proverbs 14:10
The world will celebrate about new life but all I can think of is that one day that new life will die. That’s bitterness. 😁
When a person gets promoted or gets an increase and all I can think of is how he does not deserve it, that’s bitterness.
Bitter about life, bitter about the situation, bitterness towards God and how things are not going the way they should.
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. – Ephesians 4:31-32
The Spirit of God that lives in me causes me to produce the fruit of love. This love when manifested produces joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. 🙂
Choose to live a life of love and joy than sulk every minute in bitterness.
What you have inside is what eventually will flow outside.