Pastor Rodney Wardwell
August 12, 2018
“Bitterness is like drinking a poison and hoping that someone else will die.”
“Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ 28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ 31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”
Resentment chooses to hold onto hurt.
The longer we have our hand on the hurt the longer we prolong the healing.
Scars are a thing of beauty because they remind us that what tried to hurt us couldn’t take us out.
“Getting over a painful experience is a lot like the monkey bars. At some point you have to let go to move forward.” -C.S. Lewis
“FORGETTING WHAT IS BEHIND, and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
It’s impossible to go through pain and for it to not change you, but don’t let it have control over you
You can’t open the door to your future while your hands are full with the pains of the past.
“I have to let go of bitterness and I have to take ahold of grace.”
The father doesn’t just chase after the resented, he chases after the resenter as well.
showing grace doesn’t just affect the one in the wrong, the more you show grace the more your heart changes too.
Resentment keeps you from seeing the way the Father sees.
Resentment keeps us from celebrating with others.