Do you struggle with bitterness and resentment in your relationships? We are all hurt people. And we also hurt people. It is especially difficult when we are hurt or betrayed by the closest people: parents, marriage partners, closest friends.
I am honored to share an encouraging story from my life about breaking free from bitterness and resentment at KellyRBaker.com today.
A Story of Breaking Free from Bitterness and Resentment
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling, and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.“ (Ephesians 4:31-32)
One of the most difficult things in life is to keep our hearts free from bitterness and resentment in relationships. When the pain and hurt engulf us, it seems impossible to imagine that one day it will stop hurting and our hearts will be whole again.
But by living yielded to God, we can get free from bitterness and resentment, and our hearts, and even the relationships, can thrive again. Here is an encouraging example from my journey to freedom from bitterness and resentment in the relationship with my father.By living yielded to God, we can get free from bitterness and resentment, and our hearts and relationships can thrive again. #ThrivingInChrist #testimony #spiritualgrowth @LiveYielded Click To Tweet
Traumas – Open Doors to Bitterness
My childhood and teenage years were not easy, living in a constant terror of my father. He used to terrorize us with his aggressive and abusing words and behavior. I learned early to suppress my real feelings, thoughts, and opinions in order to survive. I dreamed of the time when I would be an adult and leave the house of my parents, finally breaking free.
This time came, but unfortunately, I was not free. The deep wound that my father inflicted produced a bitter fruit and continued to poison my life. I harbored resentful, disrespectful, and hateful feelings towards him. It was difficult to trust and respect men, and my identity was crippled by believing many of the things he said and did to me. I even struggled with suicidal thoughts.
Help from Above
In my most desperate time, God found me. I gave my life to Jesus when I was 17 years old. The truth that I have a heavenly Father who loves me unconditionally and who will never abuse me and control me, but instead support and encourage me till the end, was a fountain of life to me. It pulled me back from the edge of the pit I was about to throw myself and gave me meaning and a reason to live. But this was just the beginning.
Read the rest of the story at KellyRBaker.com and be strengthened and encouraged.
Where are you on your journey to freedom from bitterness and resentment? If this story encouraged you, I would be happy if you share about this in social media and in the comments. Thank you!The truth that I have a heavenly Father who loves me unconditionally and will never abuse me or control me, but instead support and encourage me, has been a fountain of life to me. #encouragement #ChristianLiving #healing @LiveYielded Click To Tweet