Did you know that even our taste buds are the most sensitive to bitterness? Bitterness was long ago even a way to tell if fruit or plants were eatable. If they were bitter they were likely to contain poison or be unripe. So how would we say our heart is today? Do you have any kind of bitterness locked up in there some where? Maybe like me your first reaction is no but as usual God takes us just a bit deeper. He may even bring back a memory where you recently became hateful with someone, or when a friend , husband, or family member wronged you this last time you were furious and it brought back every thing they have ever done that hurt you. Sound familiar? Ladies and gentlemen we have the effects of seed of hurt left unchecked which sprout roots of bitterness. Bitterness makes us judge others harshly and blocks fully forgiving others. It can even make us feel that toward our own selves. Seeds of
It is easy to see it in other people but often harder to spot within. Think about the thoughts you have had the last few weeks or even months. If you experienced great tragedy in your life you may even see patterns where you get hurt, resentment forms, and now every time you think of that even or person you feel angry and hurt all over again. That my friends is bitterness. If you are there don’t worry I know the Great Physician, hoping you know him too. His name is Jesus.
Bitterness is a self-defense mechanism. It is a wall we put up for fear of feeling that hurt from what has happened maybe one to many times. A gentle answer turns away wrath. Proverbs 15:1. Maybe we need to have a gentle thought life, maybe we need gentle responses with in to turn away that feeling of wrath, or bitterness. I mean couldn’t bitterness be called “wrathful thinking”? Just a thought.
No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29 Today whether you feel it yet or not pray ask the Holy Spirit for help, then begin to only speak like over those people and situations that spring up bitter feelings. Even if you have to say extra prayers for those people. God will take care of the rest. At times this is an ongoing thing so don’t feel discouraged if you don’t feel instantly relieved but have faith that God has started a work in you and in your heart. He will complete it. Bitterness doesn’t serve you so don’t serve bitterness by using words that feed it. Don’t use words that encourage those feelings within yourself. Instead speak life say “Jesus changed my heart of stone. He made me new.” or “Feelings you better line up with the word, and God said he gave me a spirit of not of fear but of power, love, and of a sound mind.”
May you be blessed and encouraged.
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