Learning to forgive someone who has hurt or offended us is an essential ingredient of maintaining relationships, and guarding our hearts against bitterness. Bitterness is to the soul what metal shavings are to an engine. If they are allowed to remain, failure is inevitable. But one does not overcome the ill effects of bitterness simply by trying hard not to be bitter. Bitterness is the fruit of an unforgiving heart. Conversely, learning to exercise forgiveness is the sure antidote to bitterness.
This teaching is from the marriage course, by Tim Hegg, called, “What God Has Joined Together: Biblical Foundations for Marriage.” For more information about this product, click here.