"31Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." (Ephesians 4: 31-32)
Are you bitter? Do you find that you still get mad, lose your temper, or at times get short with others and speak reproachfully (shamefully) of others?
Paul gives the answer or the solution to this problem: Focus on how much God has forgiven you.
Now, to many people, the forgiveness that we have received from God through Christ may seem like a static, one-time deal, something that we believed, that we spoke, and thus we were saved.
Paul encourages us to keep receiving the gifts of righteousness and abundance of grace:
"17For if by one man's
offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive [lit. are receiving] abundance of grace
and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ." (Romans 5: 17)
As an ongoing reminder, we keep receiving this gifts. Yet if this verse is not convincing enough:
"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. " (2 Peter 3: 18)
God's grace takes away our bitterness. Grow in grace, and watch all bitterness be put away from you.