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Has anyone ever mistreated you? Of course they have! If you’re alive that has happened to you. You are going along, minding your own business, being some-one’s friend, being honest, doing the right thing, and all of a sudden, for no reason, someone treats you wrong, Whether it is saying something mean to you or about you, or your family, or they cheat you in a business deal, or they lie about you, they mistreat you somehow. Maybe this isn’t the first time they’ve done this, either. You have every reason to be bitter. Everyone who knows what happened agrees that you have every reason to be bitter, and justifiably so. Everyone that is, except Jesus.

You see, when you became a Christian, you gave up the RIGHT to be bitter. At the cross, when you exchanged your sins for His righteousness, you gave up the right to be bitter. He took the sin of the wrongs done TO you as well as the wrongs done BY you. It is just as wrong for you to carry bitterness and unforgiveness as it is for someone to mistreat you. You have NO RIGHT to remain bitter and unforgiving.

It’s not up to the other person to change. It is up to you to release and forgive that person.

Sometimes, we don’t want to give up our right because the bitterness makes us feel powerful, like we can never be hurt again. That is not true. It just makes things worse. Before you know it, you’ve spent years being hurt and angry at someone, and it hasn’t affected them at all. It only affects you and your relationship with Jesus.

Maybe you are dealing with bitterness right now. In Mark 11:25-26, Jesus says, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Choose to forgive and release the person and the bitterness to God and let Him deal with them. Just pray right now. “Father God, I choose to be obedient to Your Word. I choose to walk in love and forgiveness. I release this person to You now. I choose to forgive them. Thank You for forgiving me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”