WHAT IS BITTERNESS?
Bitterness is grown up unforgiveness.
When a person does not forgive someone, it grows DOWN into bitterness. Why do I say DOWN?
Hebrews 12:14-15, Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;
A root begins to form, and that root starts to grow deep. The root is how the rest of the tree is fed, so if you have bitterness, it is feeding the entire person. That means, every part of who you are, will be contaminated by the ROOT feeding the rest of the body.
Unforgiveness allows the other person to own you! Bitterness allows the other person to control, and motivate your entire life and decisions.. You can say that they don’t control, or own you, but that’s a lie. When you will not walk in a room with them, then they have controlled your direction in life. They own you!
Bitterness poisons every part of who you are, and everything that you do. It is poison!
I AM BITTER, HOW DO I GET FREE?
Know that it is ok to be angry, but to not sin
Ephesians 4:26-27, “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.
Here are some Bible steps to get the root of bitterness out. Know that it will take some work. Digging up any deeply formed root takes fortitude and consistency.
Ask God to forgive you
Ask the person to forgive you
Obey the Word! Take the steps of forgiveness.
Matt. 18 says, if you are offended go to them! Don’t wait for them to come to you.
Pray for them – this starts allowing you to see them as eternally saved or lost.
Bless them – this doesn’t mean you have to be buddies with them, but it frees your heart up.
It does not mean you have to be friends with them, or want to hang out with them, but you do not want them to poison your entire life.
Ephesians 4:31-32, Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
You are destroying yourself and those around you by not forgiving. Choose to forgive, choose to be free from bitterness, choose to love, choose to be like Christ!
For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses. (Matthew 6:14, 15 AMP)
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