Pick one – sobriety or bitterness. You can have one, but you can’t have both.
You have been wounded deeply by someone who matters a great deal to you. I know that because you are a member of the fallen race. Now you have a decision to make. To forgive or not forgive – that is the question.
If you really want to mess with someone’s mind, offer them unconditional forgiveness. Oscar Wilde said, “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” And Josh Billings added, “There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.”
We all talk a good talk when it comes to forgiveness. But C.S. Lewis was right: “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive.”
Well, guess what? Forgiveness is a lovely idea. I encourage you to start with just one person – one who has hurt you deeply. Take them to the Lord on your knees, with a humble heart. Forgive them. Completely. No conditions.
Recovery Step: Paul said, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). Try that today. Start with just one person.