LETTING THE BITTERNESS GO
The world has been waiting all week for news about Nelson Mandela. Surely he is one of the greatest visionaries of our time. His book, A Long Walk to Freedom, is the gripping story of the liberation of South Africans from the tyranny of oppression and injustice.
One of many memorable quotations from Nelson Mandela is this: “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison.” He was talking about when he left Robbin Island, where he had been incarcerated for decades because of his resistance to apartheid.
I think that Jesus Christ would have applauded what Mandela said. Certainly his followers knew that bitterness and hatred can hold us captive, keeping us in chains so that we can't move forward with our lives. One follower, Paul, told Christians to get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger.
Don't let yourself be locked up in the prison of your own negative emotions.
Let's move forward, and leave bitterness and hatred behind.