Resentment – A Powerful Distraction

Someone recently asked me how to let go of resentment. He was struggling with some strong feelings and knew he was being held captive by them. No matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t seem to let it go. Resentment can be a powerful emotion with complex roots. Talking through the situation with a trusted friend can help. It may be necessary to explore if we are tapping into past experiences that are still unresolved and work toward bringing closure. Focusing on the positives in our lives can help mitigate the negatives. A good word from Scripture: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8. Ultimately, we will have to make a choice. We must accept the circumstances we are and trust that God will use it for our good, or make a decision to move on. Staying stuck in resentment can ruin relationships and cause us emotional and physical consequences. I think the Evil One wins when that happens – don’t you?

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