Let’s take a look at Overcoming bitterness.
I want to give you some keys to overcoming bitterness. No one wakes up and says, “Today I just want to be bitter”. It tends to sneak up on us. If we are not overcoming bitterness in our lives it will take root and rob us of our our joy.
When a person is no longer overcoming bitterness, but giving into it, they are no longer led by love they begin to operate in hate. They begin to operate in cruelty. They begin to have cruel thoughts and their words are cruel. It can turn it to revenge and competition. Bitterness brings in confusion. They begin to deceive their selfs. They begin to be hypocritical and jealousy sets in.
What happens when you place something bitter in your mouth? The first reaction is to spit it out! This is the proper response to bitter things that are in your life. When bitterness tries to take hold in your life. You must get rid of it!
I have had people tell me that they can’t. That I don’t know or understand what they have been through or what has been done to them. I do not want to down play the pain that people have been through. I understand that life can be hard. That there are people who have hurt us. People who should have protected us ended up hurting us.
We have all faced bitterness. Why is it that people can face the same problems and one will being to overcome bitterness and the other will become bitter.
Steps to get out of bitterness:
- Recognize it as a sin. Isaiah 38:17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.
- Uproot it! Heb 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 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;
How do you up root it? You must be diligent to watch over it!
- Get rid of it! Eph 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God (how do we grieve him? Sin), whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
If you tell me you can’t get rid of bitterness you are arguing against the word of God! I can’t get rid of it! YES YOU CAN. How? Be kind, tenderhearted, forgive because God has done it for you!