“Not forgiving is like drinking poison and waiting for the rat to die.” -Anne Lamott
“Truth that is not spoken in love ceases to be truth because it becomes distorted by human impatience, bitterness, and anger.” -Paul Tripp, War of Words
“Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive.” -C.S. Lewis
“You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” -Anne Lamott
“No matter your age, now’s the time to decide how you want to end your ministry. Angry, bitter? Heretical? Morally crazy? Choose wisely.” -Russell Moore
From Matt Chandler’s and Michael Snetzer’s book Recovering Redemption:
Bitterness is a powder keg. Pay attention to it. It can mean we are denying what sin is doing to us. Not just our sin, but also their sin.
Simple enough concept, difficult to put into practice.
“Of the seven deadly sins anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor the last toothsome morsel of the pain both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back–in many ways is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.”