Do I hold on to bitterness or forgive?

Usually people don’t want to forgive. We want to hold on to bitterness because we think, if I forgive the people who hurt me, then I’m condoning their actions. I’m saying that what they did is okay, that I have to be close to them again. That is not true at all. God is the judge, and He will judge appropriately. Bitterness, lack of forgiveness, and grudges often harm the one holding on to them the most. However, when we forgive we essentially say, “You can’t destroy me, end me or hinder me any longer, because my God heals. He is better than bitterness.” It also shows the world that we truly understand how much God has forgiven us.