September 7 Heart Attack

Scripture reading: Ephesians 4:22–32

Key verse: Ephesians 4:31

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.

In our health-conscious society, how we take care of our bodies is a concern. From warning labels on certain packages to fat content information on food products, a growing interest in understanding health issues is evident.

The things you consume play a large role in determining how well you are, but equally vital to your overall spiritual health is your understanding of the scriptural principles of forgiveness.

When you refuse to let go of a past hurt or you continue to nurse a grudge, you create a spot of hardness in your heart. Over time, as layers and layers of hardness accumulate, your heart becomes stiff and insensitive to the extent that you are almost incapable of giving or receiving love.

Such a scenario of bitterness is not far-fetched. The story is told of two sisters who in their youth spoke unkind words. They never resolved that point of conflict, and over the years, the problem was magnified. Only after a family member helped them work through the original difficulty were they able to set hostilities aside. They regretted the years lost to senseless anger.

You do not have to be a victim of this kind of “heart attack.” Ephesians 4:31 tells us, “Let all bitterness, wrath … be put away from you.” You can take advantage of the best preventive medicine, complete forgiveness.

Lord, I choose to put away bitterness and wrath. I choose to forgive all those who have hurt or wronged me. Heal my heart.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 262). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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