Pride mingled with bitterness is a dangerous combination, it is like ingesting two poisons and seeing which one kills you first.
Conflict and anger when unresolved blossoms into bitterness, resentment, and even rage. It is sad to see a person whose purpose in life has become the hurt of another person. Their focus is completely on the happiness or unhappiness of another, and the only contentment they have is when the other person is hurting, suffering, or “gets theirs”.
This becomes even worse when the bitter person feels justified and in the right! Filled with pride, they believe their emotions and actions are not only allowed but necessary.
Haman’s entire existence has become wrapped in Mordecai’s destruction. You see the extent of this rage when Haman orders a 75-foot gallows built! In what universe is that height required to hang someone? He was trying to make a statement. In his bitterness, Haman was filled with justified pride thinking, “I am right”.
If you have allowed bitterness and pride in your life, seek forgiveness and forgetting. Bitterness does nothing to the one you desire to hurt, but will end up tearing you apart. Pride is never okay, humble yourself before God.
With empathy, love, and understanding be like Christ “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
Daily Scripture Reading
Esther 1 - 5
For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?