Don’t Give In To Bitterness

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” Eph. 4:31

bitternessBitterness has been described as “drinking poison and hoping someone else dies.” When it comes to bitterness, there are two things you need to keep in mind:

(1) It Is Contagious! You are part of the body of Christ. So what happens to you, and in you, affects those you are connected to both positively and negatively. The Bible says, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (1 Co 12:26) A snakebite doesn’t just affect the body part that gets bitten; the venom spreads through the entire system. “Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time.” (Heb 12:15) Don’t get upset and leave the church God has placed you in. You need them and they need you. By overcoming bitterness you spread God’s blessing to others.

(2) It Can Be Overcome! Just hold fast to these guidelines:  (a) Acknowledge and admit it. (b) Don’t rehearse it in your mind or recite it to others. (c) Repent and renounce any attitude that is not God-like. (d) Ask God to give you self control, then submit to His leadership. (e) Don’t infect others and don’t let them infect you. (f) Without waiting for admissions or apologies, verbalize to yourself, God, and a trusted friend, your decision to forgive all wrongs against you. “… forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Eph 4:32) This will set you free to enjoy your relationship with God, yourself, and others. (g) Look for practical ways to “be kind and compassionate…” toward those who hurt you.  

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