See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;”. Hebrews‬ ‭12:15‬ ‭‬‬

God‘s grace and powers me to do what I can’t do on my own. That includes forgiving those that have done me wrong. When I think of wrong done to me, I go to a specific place and time.

My heart hurts for what happened there. For a long time, I let that hurt take root in my life. The bitterness wanted to grow. By God’s grace, I was able to uproot the seed.

I realized the hurt they caused me was in the past. The hurt they caused was nothing to them after the fact. I doubt it gave them a moment of pause. Hanging onto the bitterness was causing me trouble. I was allowing their actions to defile me, but it wasn’t them that caused the defilement.

For a long time I thought that what they had done to me, what they had said about me was what defiled me. They may have tarnished my reputation. But, it was my choice to defile who I really was. I was not living in integrity of forgiveness and grace.

He gave me opportunity to bless each of those who hurt me. I was able to choose to help each in a personal way when God gave me opportunity. The relationships were not restored, but I am not sure they were meant to be. I can be civil and support success for each of them. I learned to pray for them and wish them the best.

Prayer – Lord, please let me continue to walk in your grace and forgiveness. I don’t want any root of bitterness to spring up in my life. I don’t need any added trouble and I don’t want to be defiled. You’ve already paid the price for me to walk in complete grace and forgiveness.

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