It is said that bitterness is like drinking poison and hoping that the other person will die. Such is the nature of unforgiveness. When we refuse to forgive, we give the other person power over us. They become tied to us in our spirits and we carry them with us everywhere we go. Imagine one or more people being tied to your neck or bound to your legs, and you get to drag them along everywhere you go, whether it is to the office, to the church, to bed, to the shower…wherever. That makes for a very cumbersome, tiring load! And yet unforgiveness binds us the same way, we go along carrying people in our hearts while the same people move along with their lives totally oblivious that somewhere, someone is bitter with them. Let us forgive others, as hard as it may seem, because walking in unforgiveness is like giving ourselves over to be controlled by someone else. Forgiveness makes us take back that control and deny others power over us.