We all feel discouraged and irritated when people wrong us. Little do we realize that it is going to only make your trouble greater. Complaining, murmuring and worrying cannot change anything, but only harm you. That is why God told us to forgive even the worst of our enemies.
We want people to act the way we want them to be, yet we don't do all that God wants us to do. We find it difficult to forgive people, yet we want forgiveness for all our sins. We must remember that no wrong that people do to us can be compared to the wrong we do to God.
Ephesians 4:32 - And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Colossians 3:13 - Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man has a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye.
We freely received
We fail Jesus daily, yet He remains faithful to us every single day.
22 It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
We are called to render good for evil. We may lose things in this life, but nobody can take away our eternal inheritance.
1 Peter 3:9 - Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
Unless we forgive others, God will not forgive us of our sins. You will never feel like forgiving someone who hurt you, but you can still choose to forgive them.
Matthew 6:14-15 - For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
Matthew 6:12 - And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Matthew 18:15-20 - Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
We live for God's glory. All those who identify themselves in Christ are being watched by the world. If bitterness, wrath and anger overtake you, what sort of testimony do you bear?
Ephesians 4:31 - Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
Proverbs is a wisdom book. Wise people are slow to anger.
Proverbs 15:18 - A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but [he that is] slow to anger appeaseth strife.
Proverbs 15:1 - A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
This Post: Handling bitterness with unfair people
Other posts you may be interested in:
Difference between Temptation and Sin?
Getting rid of Fear of Future
Replacing "Why me Lord?" with "What next Lord?"
Psalms for your Spiritual Battles
When God redirects your path!
Are You Waiting for God or Is God Waiting for You?
Worship as a Way of Life
Coping with Loss
Living above Circumstances