"Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many." - Hebrews 12:15 NLT
When you feel angry with someone, do you express your feelings ... or do you hold the anger inside? People who bury their anger usually believe they are doing the right thing by appearing calm on the outside. The reality, however, is that unresolved anger can fester and develop into resentment, bitterness or depression.
Some people respond to anger by holding it in and then releasing it or letting it go without hurting themselves or others. When this happens, the results may be beneficial. But if you tend to hold your anger inside and become resentful, ask God to help you share your angry feelings with people as they occur. Not in a rage or with unkind words ... just an honest expression of your feelings. The Bible teaches that we shouldn't carry anger overnight. Get it settled before going to bed. Otherwise, it is likely that resentment will begin to grow.
Consider this …
Perhaps you are already experiencing bitterness because of past unexpressed grievances. The answer? Acknowledge the hurt. Forgive or ask for forgiveness. Then let go of the anger and move on.
Holding on to bitterness can damage your relationship with God and with others, your peace of mind, and can even harm your health. Forgiving - and being forgiven - can change all that. Ask God - he will help you.
Father, forgive me and help me deal with this resentment I have been carrying. Give me the strength and wisdom to acknowledge the hurt, to forgive and to let go. In Jesus' name ...
These thoughts were drawn from …Anger: Our Master or Our Servant by Larry Heath. This study offers a clear explanation of anger, what causes it, and how to recognize when you are sinning with anger. It not only ministers to church members, but serves as a powerful evangelistic tool. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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