What do we do when someone hurts us deeply? What happens when we hold bitterness toward others?
In this special preview from Affirming Biblical Foundations (ABF), we observe the detriment of bitterness as well as how God can liberate us from it. We invite you to join us August 8–11, 2023, in Big Sandy, Texas, for this faith-building workshop, and encourage you to invite others whom you believe would benefit from hearing these life-changing truths from Scripture. If you are interested in attending this live event, visit affirmingbiblicalfoundations.com.
Learn More about the Principle of Suffering
When we feel the sting of someone’s spiteful words or actions against us, we have a choice about what will ensue after those feelings. But in order for us to choose the right response, it requires us receiving something from God that is stronger than the offense we just suffered. This “something” is not a positive mental attitude that ignores reality, nor does it condone wrongdoing. If someone violates the law, God has ordained civil leaders to administer justice. But beyond this, God offers something more that brings freedom to our soul, resolving what would otherwise eat us from the inside out.
Although you cannot completely avoid suffering that comes as a consequence of others’ sin, you can choose to give your pain to the Lord, forgive the one who hurt you, and conquer the temptation to become bitter. When you put your trust and hope in the Lord to bring comfort and healing, God is able to bring good out of evil if we will submit to Him and give Him the authority in our lives to redeem it for His higher purposes.
Watch more about the principle of Suffering in this video: Exploring the Principle of Suffering.