Seize the Moment – Day 176

Freedom from Hate and Bitterness!

Romans 12


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Wednesday, September 9.


Have you ever wanted to strike back at someone? Have you ever been consumed with vengeance?


In Romans 12:17-21, Paul explains how we are called to live out the forgiveness of Jesus Christ towards other people, “Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”


This is a hard word to many of us! We can’t do this on our own strength, but only by the Spirit.


Hate and bitterness are a poison that spread quickly throughout our lives. There is only one antidote—forgiveness and grace! Entrusting the situation to God and trusting Him to bring vengeance and justice is the only way to find rest for your soul. You are called to live out your faith in an evil world by doing good!


Seize the moment and take active steps towards not only forgiving people today, but blessing them in the name of Jesus.  
How do you know when you have truly forgiven someone? When you can actively pray for their good and not their harm. When you want for them what God has given you—salvation and blessings.  Are you a person of blessings or of curses? Of forgiveness or grudges? One pathway leads to freedom, the other to slavery! Truly, what you do with your hate and bitterness is your choice today! Don’t wait another minute—choose the pathway of forgiveness and grace!
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