Being an author was never one of my aspirations, but during my journey from bitterness to joy in Christ, I was compelled to write about it. I published Bitter Truth: My Story of Bitterness, Grace and Repentance in 2014 and have been blogging and speaking about it ever since. My earnest desire is that others would also break free if they are entangled by sin or not living in the fullness of joy that’s possible in Jesus.
One spring day we had a flood in our house. It wasn’t the basement, as so many have suffered through, but the upstairs bathroom. A drain pipe broke and water was pouring through the ceiling to the floor below. We caught it right away and my handy husband was able to repair the bathroom pipe quickly. What if no one were home when it happened? What if the water had continued to pour through, damaging carpets, furniture,
I think I am pretty smart. Not a genius or anything, but I can analyze a problem and usually come up with a solution. If I can’t, I know where to find someone who can. It’s common sense, practical wisdom: how to survive in the world. Most people who grow to adulthood possess at least a reasonable amount of this knowledge. We learn to figure things out. 1 Corinthians chapter 1 speaks of God’s wisdom versus man’s wisdom.
Everyone agrees that forgiveness is a good thing. But getting there is often a long, difficult journey. Maybe little things are easy to forgive, maybe people who don’t struggle with bitterness can just put things behind them and forgive easily. But for those of us who struggle in this area and find themselves stuck in patterns of unforgiveness, it often takes more time and effort to forgive. It’s true that any journey should reach an end point or goal