Resentment Destroying Your Marriage?
Resentment is a very powerful emotion. In fact,
anyone who harbors this terrible emotion shouldn’t be trying to make
rational decisions for themselves or their marriage. I would even
venture to say that most divorces are because of unmet and unfulfilled
emotions, which is what this emotion is!! It can literally control a
person—what they say—what they do—and how they behave. Unfulfilled
people are the biggest resentment holders because they don’t speak up
assertively to get their needs met.
How do I know all this? I used to play the
bitterness game many years ago when I was still absorbed in my self and
alcoholism. I was also addicted to my feelings and manipulating and
controlling others using my negative feelings. Whenever I felt slighted
by my husband I would hold it against him with resentment and
Fortunately I figured out that I was only hurting
myself with my bitter feelings and that I was the cause of my own
negative feelings of ill will. It doesn’t matter what someone else
says and does, what matters is how we react. So how did I figure it out?
I prayed about it over and over again.
One day I just woke up with a different attitude. I
now know that God blessed me with knowledge that I did not have before.
He gave me wisdom that before I was not ready for because I
couldn’t see wisdom. I didn’t want to see it. I was too selfish
to realize my own faults. I can say this with much confidence because I
used to be a resentment propagator. I didn’t know how to react to
other people’s behavior toward me.
My daughter, if you accept my words and store up my
commands within you, turning you ear to wisdom and applying your heart
to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for
understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as
for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and
find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth
come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:1-6)
You see your spouse can’t make you feel
resentful—you do that to yourself.
The more you harbor ill will towards your spouse, the more
difficult it will be for you to see reality—to see the big picture of
things. Holding in negative feelings within your spirit creates sin in
your life. Resentful feelings tell your mind what to do, how to believe,
and how to behave towards your spouse. It may tell you to get a divorce.
Perhaps it tells you to look at pornography. You
think it is justified because your wife rejects you often. Or perhaps
you think it is ok to have an affair because your husband did it. Or it
can tell you to be ugly and mean with your spouse because you feel
like behaving that way. Resentment is a negative emotion that will tear
your marriage apart until there is nothing left to repair. Resentment
told me to drank, so I drank away my miserable feelings.
Some people are more prone to holding in resentment
than others. It doesn’t make them bad people. It just means they have
not learned how to handle this particular emotion. They have not
accepted Gods words of wisdom.
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who
gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to
him. (James 1:5)
So what kinds of people are prone to harboring
Alcoholic's and other addicts
Pent up past baggage holders
Anyone can learn to free themselves of this
terrible emotion and be content from within, no matter what others
around them are doing or how they are behaving. Understand that “you
cannot control another persons behavior”, even if it is your own
spouse! You have to get it in your mind that many aspects of life are
not in your power to control. But you can control “how you react” to
your spouse’s behavior.
Secondly, you have to speak up when your spouse
says or does something that is offensive. You still can’t control or
change them, but you can let them know when they have trespassed against
your spirit. How will they know any other way? Do you think that if you
treat them back with a bad attitude that is going to help? I don’t
think so. Learn to be nicely assertive about how you feel. Then treat
your spouse back in a good and productive way. Get creative with your
Don’t put your feelings on the back burner—bad
idea. I know first hand that when we put our feelings on the back burner
they mount up more and more negative garbage. If you are a woman reading
this then you know that when your monthly rolls around hormones can
literally get the best of our emotions. Do you want to contend with back
burner resentment too?
Get past issues off your chest. Pray about it and
ask God to give you the knowledge to understand yourself better.
Understand that you are only damaging your own spirit through your own
negative emotions. God will help you to feel better about yourself,
spouse and marriage when you put your trust and faith in Him. He
will allow your heart to be free of the burden of unforgiveness. Look
for the hidden treasure of wisdom and God will bless you. Believe that!
The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. (James 3:17)
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