A quote from James Baldwin, the great 20th-century writer….
“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.”
Hate is terrible
It leads nowhere except to death
Living, but dead
Hate comes from the word miseo where we get the word misery
Hate leads to bitterness. And they say that bitterness is “like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die”
Jesus said Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.
If you are suffering from hatred or bitterness then I’m truly sorry for you
I’m so sorry that someone, or something, has hurt you so much
I know how you feel. I really do. And as I found out, you have two choices:
Remain as you are
Forgive and pray for them
The first option is lose/lose. You remain trapped and the person who hurt you continues to win
Try forgiving them. Pray for them. It is so hard but please try. I know God will honour you and help you.
Jesus said he will forgive us ALL our sins and give us eternal life with him. He also said that if we can’t forgive then he can’t forgive us
Take the trade.
Jesus is prepared to take it all……Every last rotten bit of it
If you would like help or prayer please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I’m here for you.