Today's Scripture Reading is from Matthew 18:33, NLT: "Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?"
Jesus tells a story in Matthew 18 about a man who was forgiven by a king for a debt he owed, but he chose not to forgive a fellow servant of his indebtedness to him. At the end of this parable, the king hears of the injustice and sends the first man to prison to be tortured. Embracing thoughts of bitterness and resentment toward another person is indeed torturous — not to the other person, but to ourselves.
We are not hurting the one who hurt us by being bitter and angry towards them. In truth, that person may not even know how we feel because we never took the time to talk about it and seek closure. When we harbor hateful thoughts and feelings, we are only hurting ourselves. The more we embrace such thoughts, the more that offense will stay foremost in our minds because whatever we hate or are bitter about will always be with us until we choose to let it go.