Resentment. A single word that can be so destructive. We all face times in our lives where we feel our emotions boil. Why do we allow ourselves to fall into the trap of these emotions? We are human, and there are certain seasons in our life when we feel inadequate, inferior, and many times…simply hurt. Whatever the circumstance…humans tend to be human, and if we allow it…our inner spirit can be altered with this overwhelming resentment. Someone or something has fallen into our pathway, and possibly caused a shift in our life structure. What we thought was normal life routine, becomes completely derailed. As humans, we begin to find the reason for the derailment…and many times immediately find someone or something to blame. Often times you have the right to be upset with that particular person or situation…but what good is it going to do, to continue to hold onto that boiling emotion? Let it go. However big the circumstance…no matter how much pain you have endured because of it…holding onto the resentment will only feed your inner fire. Change your perspective of the situation. Begin to see the other person or circumstance as a stepping stone to a better you. I am personally focusing on prayerfully giving up a deep resentment from past abuse…that has inhibited my spiritual growth. We must make conscious choices to step forward in a better way. Resentments only cause us to step backward, and inhibit our growth. God will not allow you to be left alone in this circumstance, if you seek Him for His guidance. He is watching out for you, and He will help you find that compassion in your heart…that will allow you to see the positive in all situations. Ask God to help you cast out that resentment held within…and mold your emotions into feelings of compassion and understanding.
Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. ~ 2 TIMOTHY 2:23-24
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissentions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. ~ GALATIANS 5:19-22
God is with us.
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