10 The heart knows its own bitterness,
And a stranger does not share its joy.
This isn’t good news. It’s simply an observation of the way things are. But Christians are commanded to get rid of this very real bitterness, while the world and we ourselves often add fuel to the fire of our own pain.
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you where sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
People often recommend that we forgive ourselves, that this will heal or comfort us. What do you think? Their arguments don’t convince me. Only the Lord can help us against despair and living with the consequences of…
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