There’s nothing more destructive to your life than unresolved bitterness. An unforgiving spirit makes as much sense as drinking poison and expecting someone else to fall over dead. Bitterness is like an acid that eats at a person from the inside out. In fact, an unforgiving spirit is clearly labeled as sin by the Lord Himself.
Yet, at this season of the year as we celebrate the arrival of the One who makes divine forgiveness possible there are still many whose hearts have a stored up supply of hurts from out of their past. For those people, joy is only an illusion. They sing about it without ever experiencing it.
After pastoring for forty-two years, Tom Elliff served the International Mission Board, first as Senior Vice President for Spiritual Nurture and Church Relations from 2005-2009, then as President from 2011-2014. Tom served pastorates in Arkansas, Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma and as an IMB missionary in Zimbabwe. Tom also served as president of the SBC Pastor's Conference and two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.