How do we experience freedom from resentment?
We must keep practicing the instant forgiveness experiment in Christ. The Apostle Paul wrote: “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” (Ephesians 4:31-32).
In our hearts we not only instantly let go of the first prison wall of revenge, we also instantly let go of the second prison wall of resentment. To accomplish this, we (1) pour out the bitter and (2) drink in the sweet.
In order to pour out the bitter, instantly let go of revenge and resentment when wounded by another. As the offense occurs, immediately give it to Christ. Simply say to Him silently, “I can’t let go. You can.” Or we can pray, “God through the power of your Holy Spirit, please help me to let go of all condemnation or license toward ________ for _________. I can’t do it on my own, but through Christ in me, You can. Give me wisdom to establish boundaries that might be necessary for freedom.”
When we drink in the sweet, we instantly receive God’s restoration and forgiveness and release the same to the offender through kindness and compassion.