Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bitterness

When you think of bitterness, what do you think of? Is it something you taste? Yes, you can taste bitterness but you can also feel bitterness. When you taste bitterness it is much easier to get rid of than when you feel the bitterness.


The dictionary says bitterness is the state or quality of being bitter; figuratively, extreme enmity; sharpness; severity of temper; biting sarcasm; painful affliction; deep distress of mind; animosity.

Hebrews 12:15; "Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled". The root of bitterness refers to a spirit and thoughts that is described by intense animosity and resentment.

Bitterness can be directed towards anyone such as someone in the church, workplace, school, home, or even in your neighborhood. It can also be a bitter resentment toward God because of His discipline. One needs to remember when God disciplines us it is not because He doesn't love us, it is because He does love us.

When a person becomes bitter it results in defiling that person. The person needs to go immediately to the Lord in prayer and ask Him for the strength to overcome this bitterness. If a person doesn't work on this bitterness it can continue to grow and grow. Before you know it you have hate in your heart for this person or persons.  Then the bitterness and hate will cause you to have an unforgiving heart. Bitterness can even reach out and touch other people. This bitterness can create bitter fruits to others. Then before you know it the bitterness has caused you to have insincere principles.  The more bitterness, hate, and an unforgiving heart you have the less time you want to spend with the Lord.  Now, you have lost the fellowship with the Lord and you have walked away from the Lord. Where are you going to spend eternity now?
Whatever has started a person feeling bitter, it needs to be taken care of immediately. Bitterness leads to so many things and can cause a person to walk away from the Lord. There is nothing so bad that we should allow ourselves to carry bitterness around.

Colossians 3:13; "Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye". Disagreements can happen between any two or more people, even in the church or family, but it up to us and our duty to forgive them just as Christ Jesus has forgiven us. We need to follow His example.

Luke 6:37; "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:" If you have bitterness in your heart, haven't you already judged that person. And you have also condemned them. If you don't forgive them, how can you expect to be forgiven? Bitterness seems to be a vicious circle. You may not have thought your bitterness could have grown and lead into these other things but it can.

If you find yourself becoming bitter, won't you please go to the Lord in prayer. If you let the bitterness take over, you could become a changed person and miss heaven.

Thank you for stopping by. May you always know the love, joy, and peace, of the Lord.


3 comments:

Jenifer said...

Bitterness can really eat at a person. We must turn it over to God, even if it is directed to Him. He can free us from that bitterness, anger and hurt. Great post!

Debi said...

Hurt leads to bitterness when you don't seek God to get over the hurt. I know from experience. Bitterness creeps in before you even realize it. Thank you for this post. I greatly needed it! Thank God for His mercy and grace. It is such a wonderful feeling to be set free!!!

Lisa said...

I don't want bitterness to take root in my life. I want to be free!