Christian Living 101. It isn't simply the first class you take for a general course and then it carries you through the rest. This is an ongoing class, it's the first class you take every morning of every day. Believe me, it's one of those things that by the time you walk away from the mirror, you can forget that easily.
I can get pretty bitter about certain things. It becomes tar. Once I've gotten stuck in tar, nothing else works out. Why? Because God does not operate in bitterness, but He is surely able to work through it. It's easy to get stuck. I'm sure, as with me, you've felt it, and it is usually caused by some hurts in your life. It seems like once you bring up one tar pit, many others spring forth. I understand the concept behind it, and I know how easy it is to allow these bitter emotions to creep in. The world is full of reasons.
So you've gotten stuck in a tar pit. Now what?
As with everything else, I turn to God's word. Ephesian 4:17:32 gives us the instructions for living a Christian Life. Let me just tell you though, these are action words. They do require effort from you. I know you can do it. One step at a time, you'll walk out of the tar pit. No excuses Ang....
Instructions for Christian Living
So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.
That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 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.