For a child of God, forgiving and living free of bitterness is not an additional thing you can choose to do if you prefer it, but a responsibility and a duty.
You should establish this as a standard in your heart, not just an outside action. But forgiveness of the heart that is expressed by visible fruit of goodness and kindness. In all areas and in all situations and with all people.
Jesus gave it as a condition for living a life of faith:
I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.
Mark 11:24-25 NLT
In the light of eternity, and Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross: in the fear of God always forgive!
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Matthew 18:21-22 KJV
- Many believers are unable to let go of the past, due to lack of light of the Word of God in this area.
- Many are suffering from physical and mental issues because of this very subject.
- Bitterness and unforgiveness is a sin.
Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Romans 13:10 KJV
“Bitterness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die”
THIS IS THE DAY OF FREEDOM.
Receive the complete work of the cross of Christ, and the shed blood of Jesus, and repent of the past bitterness and unforgiving heart and actions.
But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.
Romans 5:8 AMPC