Release yourself of any hatred or bitterness, and live a happier life!
As Christians, there should be no room for hatred and bitterness in our hearts. If we truly believe that God is love, then how can we call ourselves Christians, if we have any ill feelings towards anyone? No matter what harm has been thrown at you, as a person, trying to live a Godly life, you must learn to pray for your enemies. You must learn to love them.
If you are having difficulty with that concept, then it’s probably because you are trying to do it on your own, versus trying to attain it, with God. Do you recognize that you are the only one that is affected by your emotions? It affects your daily walk, in every respect. The person that the hatred is geared towards, is living their life—no doubt, to their fullest potential. Release those feeling of hatred, and your life will be more fulfilling, since your weight will be lighter!
This story of inner reflection, is from Moral Stories:
A kindergarten teacher had decided to let her class play a game. The teacher told each child in the class to bring along a plastic bag containing a few potatoes. Each potato will be given a name of a person that the child hates. So the number of potatoes that a child will put in his/her plastic bag will depend on the number of people he/she hates.
So when the day came, every child brought some potatoes with the name of the people he/she hated. Some had 2 potatoes, some 3 while some up to 5 potatoes. The teacher then told the children to carry the potatoes in the plastic bag with them wherever they go for 1 week. Days after days passed, and the children started to complain due to the unpleasant smell let out by the rotten potatoes. Besides, those having 5 potatoes also had to carry heavier bags. After 1 week, the children were relieved because the game had finally ended.
The teacher asked: “How did you feel while carrying the potatoes with you for 1 week?” The children let out their frustrations and started complaining of the trouble that they had to go through having to carry the heavy and smelly potatoes wherever they go.
Then the teacher told them the hidden meaning behind the game. The teacher said: “This is exactly the situation when you carry your hatred for somebody inside your heart. The stench of hatred will contaminate your heart and you will carry it with you wherever you go. If you cannot tolerate the smell of rotten potatoes for just 1 week, can you imagine what is it like to have the stench of hatred in your heart for your lifetime?”
Moral: Throw away any hatred for anyone from your heart so that you will not carry burden for a lifetime. Forgiving others is the best attitude to take. Negativity about someone will keep peace of your mind away from you. Remember the good things about him/her, and let go of the hatred.
VERSES TO REFLECT ON:
Matthew 5:44 (KJV)
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Matthew 6:14 (KJV)
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
Ephesians 4:31 (KJV)
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
2 Timothy 2:23-26 (KJV)
23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.