Bonds of Bitterness
In Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life, Charles Swindoll poignantly expressed what happens when we’re held captive by the bonds of bitterness:
Bitterness seeps into the basement of our lives like
run-off from a broken sewer pipe. Every form of
ugliness begins to float to the surface of those murky
waters: prejudice and profanity, suspicion and hate,
cruelty and cynicism. There is no torment like the inner
torment of bitterness, which is the by-product of an
unforgiving spirit. It refuses to be soothed, it refuses
to be healed, it refuses to forget. There is no prison
more damaging than the bars of bitterness that will not
let the battle end.
Despite its evils, bitterness holds many of us captive. Forgiveness is the only escape route out of this prison.