"Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice." (Ephesians 4:31)
A Trojan Horse sits just outside the gate of your heart. Its mane is bitterness. It is a monument to every attack you have endured from your fellow human beings. It is a gift left by the people who have wronged you. It is a monument to the pain, the sorrow, and the devastation they have caused you. It represents the
debt they will owe
you until the day they are brought to justice.
It is rightfully yours.
But to accept the gift is to invite ruin into your life. You see, there is more to the horse than meets the eye. The feeling of justification it brings is the deceptive artistry of a master craftsman. Though decorated with the promise of vindication, it is only a lure. The celebration is short-lived. Once inside the walls of your heart, it releases its agents of destruction. Its plot quietly unfolds from the inside out. To become a person of character, you must learn to recognize the Trojan Horse of bitterness. And more important, you must never bring it inside.
-- Andy Stanley in Like a Rock