Resentment that turns to bitterness creates chemical change. It is like a spiritual cancer that eats away. It causes a corrosive acid to drip down upon our brain neuro connective pathways, and begins to destroy our health from within.
How many times have you felt fatigued? It could be rooted in emotional turmoil from a negative inner dialogue. The things that are hidden in our heart, constantly seep into our present thought processes.
We are created to glorify Him (Isaiah 43:7) but hidden sin blocks our fellowship with the Lord. It taints our witness so that we do not represent the Lord as He designed us to. Ephesians 4:31 says, “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.”
1 Peter 2:1 says, “Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking.” Romans 13:12, 14 says, “…Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light…put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh.”
Hidden sin, like buried resentments, makes provision for our flesh. Pride rules our heart so that we do not humbly submit to the authority of God’s word. There is only One Who is to be enthroned in our hearts ~ Jesus as Lord.
The fruit of resentment is a grumbling spirit. The opposite is a heart that is full of praise and thanksgiving. The last verse in Psalm 150 (the last Psalm) is, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord Praise the Lord!
Psalm 146:1-2 says, “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.” There is not one circumstance in our lives that would keep us from praising the Lord, unless it was instant death.
James 1:2 J. B. Philipps says, “When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into our lives, my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends!” All lives are full of trials. We can resent them or embrace them. It is always a choice.
Praise and thanksgiving will instantly uproot any thought of resentment from being fruitful. Remember what James said about the tongue? James 3:9-10 says, “With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God…My brethren, these things ought not to be so.” Let us cultivate a heart that glorifies Him by confessing our resentments as sin.