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Overcoming resentment – Isaiah 43:18

by Jim Jamison

Life is so much easier when we allow God to work in our lives. The world is filled with so much more joy when we are not blinded by petty resentment. It is a lesson our world never learns. Resentment causes families to break apart, communities to be torn in violence, nations to remain at war for generations. It injects its teeth into countless souls of those who walk among us, so that lives that might have been productive, lives that might have been a blessing, become consumed by self-destructive hatred. This hatred keeps us from knowing the goodness of God, and it keeps us from being faithful parents, children, and neighbors. We do not have to live this way, all we need to do is ask God to free us from the chains of the ledger books of our lives. How many ledgers are you carrying around with you? Won’t you allow Christ to cut them away for good? Throw away the books, walk free and lighthearted, and you will live in an atmosphere of grace and joy you never thought possible. Resist your resentment. Banish every trace of bitterness. Live3 by the liberating law of grace – and … READ MORE

Overcoming Resentment – Philippians 3:13-14

by Jim Jamison

Doctors believe that resentment affords people a sense of superiority over he people they resent. It gives them a way (an unhealthy way) to place themselves a little higher in the pecking order. Resentment places an angry individual in the judge’s seat. Someone has said that our fantasies of resentment bring about neurotic pleasure and religious pride. With this in mind, how do we overcome resentment? Let me suggest 5 steps to overcoming resentment in your life.1. Think it Through – Philippians 4:8 reminds us to think on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and good report. It must start with readjusting our thinking about life.2. Write it Down – Philippians 3:13-14 reminds us that we must forget those things with are behind and press forward. Writing things down, often gives us the liberty to express things clearly, so that we can move on from the emotion of the event.3. Work it out. This can be just some simple physical exercise. We are told in Philippians 3:13-14 to “press toward the mark” The idea of press is that of exerting energy to obtain a goal. Get busy with the process of moving on in life.4. Talk it over … READ MORE

Resisting Resentment – Hebrews 12:15

by Jim Jamison

Resentment is an ugly, deformed attitude. Helen Grace Lesheld wrote, “[resentment] grows. It distorts, reality. It keeps us chained to the past. Like bad air, it pollutes not just the bitter person, but those who come in contact with the person.” all of our relationships in ways we cannot predict.” Hebrews 12:15 says, “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled:” Nowhere is resentment described more enduring than that of a weed in the garden of our lives. No smart person, plants weeds in their garden, but they seem to grow up and take over if we do not keep it weeded. Resentment chokes out the pleasures and joys of life, and will color all our relationships. It will spread into your marriage, friendships, even your relationship with God. When we opt to cling to resentment, it is as if we have placed ourselves under an evil spell. Only the godly remedy of forgiveness will remove that spell. It may begin with a minor grudge, but if it is nurtured it will grow into a powerful enemy. The first step to overcoming this … READ MORE