Resentment kills a fool. Job. 5:2 (NIV)
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Phil. 4:5 (NIV)
Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. Heb. 12:15 (NLT)
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Eph. 4:31-32 (NIV)
Heavenly Father, we are your cherished and Spirit-convicted children. These attitude-Scriptures don’t mince any words. We live in an hour and world of hair-trigger reactions, festering resentments, and unfettered spite. You call us to be remarkably different in a culture of cynicism and meanness.
Call me naïve, but I never anticipated a day when so many adults in positions of power would act like manner-less, spoiled children; or that people would drive around shooting strangers with big guns.
As your beloved sons and daughters, grant us fresh grace, thicker skin, and bigger hearts. You’ve called us to be salt and light; not hot sauce, Roman candles, egg shells, and land mines.
Grant us wisdom, strength and plenty of grace. May the fire in our bones be the purifying fire of your Spirit, not the destructive wildfire of misplaced anger. May the love of Jesus impact how we see, think, speak, and act… and react.
Help us uproot every root of resentment, bitterness, and spite, growing in the garden of our hearts. Keep us from wallowing in what “bugs us” longer than we linger in your presence. May your election of a people from every nation to love and cherish forever, preoccupy us much more than a US national election in 2020.
Father, help us build more bridges and throw fewer grenades. In these coming weeks, write stories of redemption with the ink of the gospel and the hope of heaven. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ tender and triumphant name.