"Bitterness is like eating poison and waiting for the other guy to die."
When I really take time to think about what Jesus did on the cross for us, it was so incredible. He took the penalty for our sins. I'm sure everybody can think of horrible sin that has been committed, either by yourself or others. Can you imagine all the sin ever committed and that ever will be committed put on you? Jesus took all that guilt and shame for us. And he took it for the person/people who hurt you. It was the greatest sacrifice, the greatest display of love, and the greatest act of forgiveness ever known. The word 'forgive' is mentioned 56 times in the Bible.
2Corinthians 2:10-11 - "To whom ye forgive anything, I forgive also: for if I forgave anything, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices."Forgiveness is not only good for the other person, but really, for you. If we don't forgive somebody, we will become bitter. Bitterness is a horrible thing that ruins lives. I've seen sweet people get hurt and come out bitter - when bitterness takes over somebody it is an awful thing. We will all get hurt in life and all go through trials, so remember: The same sun that can turn milk sour, can make apples sweeter. What will it do to you? If we're not careful, it can make us sour. God can use the bad thing that has happened to you and make it something beautiful. I'm sure it would have been hard for Joseph to see that when his brothers took his coat, threw him in a pit, and then sold him into slavery. But Joseph kept a good attitude and spirit, and God used him to help save his family from the famine, and made him a great man. Not only did Joseph forgive the sin of his brothers against him, he returned it with kindness. It's amazing what God can do with our lives if we'll just forgive.