John 8:36 - So if the Son makes you free, you will be truly free.

Galatians 5:1 - We have freedom now, because Christ made us free. So stand strong. Do not change and go back into the slavery of the law.

This is my journey.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Reply To Bitterness

In regards to "Steadfast Daughters' newest post:

I just have a couple thoughts about this. First, I agree with basically everything Mr. Macdonald says here. Yes, bitterness can root in the soul and work to destroy us and our relationships with those around us. What I disagree with is how he tries to tie this to QD.

I see no bitterness in anything Hillary has said. She holds no malice against her parents. She feels they were wrong in a lot of the way they raised her, but I have never thought for one second she was bitter toward them. How is it bitterness to share your story (even being kind enough to leave everyone else involved anonymous!), and perhaps bring some hope to others who have felt (or are feeling) the pain you did?

If you previously were a drug abuser and were freed, and now know someone who also is a drug abuser... wouldn't it be wise to share your story in an effort to help them be freed also? Is it bitterness to recall past hurtful events and relate them to someone else? Or is pain of the heart and mind just not a "real issue"?

What I see from Hillary is a heart of healing and love toward the hurting. I see a spirit of forgiveness. She doesn't promote living in your past hurts, but rather she offers a way out of them, a way to renew your heart and mind through God. So far all of SD's posts have made Hillary out to be exactly the opposite of who she is. How is bringing down a fellow sister in Christ going to accomplish anything? This is a failure to acknowledge real pain (not just physical and sexual!) within the mind and heart, and a desire to sweep even what they believe to be real pain under the rug.

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