When someone offends you, what do you usually do? Retaliate? Become angered? Incited? Try this instead: Step over the offense. It’s the one surefire way to protect yourself from bitterness. Bitterness is an acidic emotion that eats away at our souls. When we allow an offense from another to enter our own hearts, we’re allowing the seed of bitterness to take root. When we stew on an offense, we’re watering the root of bitterness. When we won’t let go of a wrong, we’re fertilizing bitterness. The root of bitterness then spreads in our heart. Erodes our souls. And eventually hurts those around us (Hebrews 12:15). Like many unwanted negative emotions, the best way to avoid them is to prevent them. Don’t let bitterness plant a seed in your heart! Prevent it by stepping over the offense. Give your hurt to God. And do so immediately! Avoid the erosive effects of bitterness. How? By stepping over the offense.