Wednesday, March 2, 2011

40 Day Challenge - Day 3 "Put off" Bitterness, "Put on" Compassionate/Forgiving"

I have a strong hunch that this will not be the only time that we encounter the issue of forgiveness throughout the next 37 days (3 days down).  That said, I'll just get to the point....
   Is there anyone you harbor a grudge against?  If so, beware!  That seemingly small little grudge could be the prelude to bitterness.  Read Hebrews 12:15, strong words!  Translation:  If you allow bitterness, it will cause trouble, it will make you filthy and dirty and you will not obtain the grace of God. 
  So, how does one become bitter?  If you've been keeping a tally of all who have wronged you and you have not forgiven them, you are on the road to bitterness.  Eventually you could be that person that appears to have been baptized in pickle juice.
  The remedy or prevention for bitterness (depending on how far advanced it is) is to simply forgive.  Ephesians 4:32 tells us why we need to forgive...because God forgave us (and we certainly didn't deserve it.)
  So, I've already told you the two scriptures for today....
         The "put off" is bitterness and the "put on" is compassionate/forgiving.... know what I'm going to say next.....Go forth and "flesh it out"!

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