“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
One of the best examples of the above verse is former Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn.
“I don’t have any animosity for anybody,” says Zorn, 64, who was hired as the Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach less than four weeks after the Redskins let him go. “Those are the things that happened in those two years of my life. The thing I can say is we were fighting to win every game.”
It’s difficult to not have bitterness or talk bad about people when others mistreat us or our jobs are affected by others. But, as the apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians, we should put away all of those things and more. Instead be kind, tenderhearted and also forgive each other. Why? Because Christ forgave us.
Next time you are wronged, think on the words of this verse. If you’re still feeling bitter toward someone who wronged you, ask God to help you forgive them and be kind and tenderhearted toward them.
Remember, we aren’t asked to do this. We’re commanded.
— Brett Honeycutt
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