LETTING GO OF RESENTMENT
Date: February 29
Category: Divine Healing
"God sent me before you to preserve for you a posterity and to continue a remnant on the earth, to save your lives by a great escape and save for you many survivors. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord for all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt."
In all human activity, we are to detect the thread of divine purposes. In other words, in everything that happens, God has a higher purpose behind it. That's exactly what Joseph discovered in his life. Joseph's brothers meant to do him evil when they sold him into slavery, yet God intended to use him for their survival. In verse 5 we read, "But now, do not be distressed and disheartened or vexed and angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me ahead of you to preserve life." Regardless of everything that happened to Joseph, he always had a unique way of looking at life. He saw God present in every single situation in his life. That was something that allowed him not to develop bitterness in his heart.
When you and I have bitterness and resentment in our hearts, not only will that affect our relationships with the people around us, but it'll also prevent us from moving forward in our lives. Being resentful toward someone is like drinking a cup of poison and thinking that as you drink it, the person you're resentful toward is going to die. That's such a foolish perception. When you drink a cup of poison, you're going to die. So when you're resentful, the only person you're hurting is yourself.
In Matthew 6:14-15 we read, "For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses." God doesn't want us to carry resentment in our hearts. He wants us to forgive the people who have hurt us. It's not to say that we approve of their actions or that we're going to allow them to wrong us again. But it just means that we're not going to carry that resentment in our hearts any longer.
Over 80% of sicknesses are caused by unforgiveness in our hearts. When resentment comes into your spirit, that resentment weakens your immune system. So when a sickness comes to your body, your immune system isn't able to fight the sickness off. That's why many bitter people become sick. Along with that, resentfulness keeps us from moving forward in life. Opportunities in the future don't open for us when we are bitter because bitterness causes us to live in the past. When we're resentful, we allow those people who hurt us to control our lives today and influence our lives in the future. But if we forgive those who have hurt us, then we will be set free from their control.
That's exactly what Joseph did. He forgave all the people who wronged him because he saw the hand of God in every life situation. Because Joseph did that, when he saw his brothers he was able to say, " So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord for all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt." (verse 8) That made a significant difference in his present and his future.
So our forgiveness toward others will make a tremendous difference in our present and our future as well. So if someone has hurt you in the past, leave it in the past. Forgive those people and let go of those grudges. Regardless of what happens to you today, know that in every human activity, God has a divine purpose behind it. As you recognize His divine purpose, He will make you a distributor of His grace, mercy, and blessing to others.