Day 10: Breakthrough In Offense, Bitterness Or Unforgiveness

Ephesians 4:31-32

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.

My Breakthrough Thought:
Eight words. If all you get from today’s post is to really internalize these eight simple words, it will be worth it. Many of us have heard them but not fully experienced or lived them daily.

The eight words are found in John 8:36: “Who the Son sets free is free indeed.”

We all have people in our lives who have hurt us verbally, emotionally, physically, and/or even spiritually. And that hurt forms a grudge in us—we relive it over and over when we think of the pain or experience it again. In an ideal world, the offender would come to us and ask for forgiveness, but that may never happen.

In order to break the bondage of this pain in our lives, we need to release ideas of getting even, whether that manifests in our thought life, the words we say, or in our actions. The power of the Gospel we share comes from knowing that every offense—mine and others—has been paid. So, we hand the hurt, the grudges, and the person involved over to God and trust Him for justice and mercy.

Forgiveness is the first step to living free because God’s priority is your heart. When your heart is right, then the “living free” life will follow.

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:

“Jesus, today I choose to put away all offense, bitterness and unforgiveness. I know this is impossible in my own strength, but I know in Christ I can overcome all things. Give me continued strength as I move forward in my journey to no longer allow any of these situations affect me, my relationships or my future. Amen!”

Proverbs 10:12; Ecclesiastes 7:9; Matthew 6:14-15; Hebrews 12:15; James 1:19-20