Ephesians 4:31 (NIV) – Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
“When we do wrong to another person, we feel guilty. But when someone does wrong to us, we feel bitter. Bitterness is by definition our response to someone else’s sin against us, whether it is real or imagined. The hurt of the sin leads to the immediate response of anger. When we can’t or don’t do anything about the hurt, the initial anger settles into bitterness, and intense resentment marked by animosity, hatred, cynicism, and contempt. It is cold, raw, destructive misery. Our bitterness is easy to legitimize, because if someone points out that we are bitter, we can easily point our finger to someone else who has sinned against us and blame them for making us bitter. That answer does not help us in any way, though, because it only explains why we are bitter but does not take away our bitterness.” [Driscoll & Breshears, Death by Love, p. 221.]
Let us get rid of any bitterness or anger that have built up in our hearts towards others, especially those that have offended us. As children of God, we have the power to live freely in God’s love and his forgiveness.