The Root of Bitterness and How to Get Rid of It
The Root of Bitterness
Have you ever been bitter?
Do you know where bitterness comes from?
It comes from being hurt.
“…hurt fertilizes bitterness, making it grow into a weed”, wrote Patricia Raybon, a journalist, teacher, and award-winning author.
That hit me hard when I read this.
At the time I was reading her article, I was feeling quite bitter.
She further wrote, “Indeed, bitterness is like a root that sinks deep into the soil of our heart and spirit. When watered with resentment and anger, it ‘springs up and causes trouble’ defiling many around it” (Heb. 12:15 ESV).
I knew this was true.
What Bitterness Does
Bitterness brings about an increase of ugly wrong and is a wall of sin separating us from God.
Bitterness, when constant, can be nagging, taunting and a hateful habit.
It lays blame. Says, “you’re wrong!”
It’s dangerous and is a real illness.
“[Bitterness] won’t help bring about the peace and the justice of God”, says Raybon.
What does the Bible say?
The Bible calls us to “strive for peace with everyone” (Heb. 12:14).
Furthermore, the Bible strongly warns us to “get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice” (Eph. 4:31).
So, how do we get rid of Bitterness?
Raybon shares 3 effective ways to get rid of bitterness:
- Take our bitterness to Him.
- Ask God to teach you.
- Rely on the Holy Spirit’s great power.
We need to ask God to dig out of us the bitterness we have and throw it away!
We must forgive and discern it is a process (see Matt. 18:21-22).
Only with the Holy Spirit’s power within us, can we succeed.
Bitter to Sweet
Visualize the power here!
Taking our bitterness to God and asking Him to teach us, we become a testimony for Christ.
A sweet smelling fragrance (2 Cor. 2:15).
Remember, we’ll always need weeding. The great thing is, we know the Gardener!
Peace and Blessings,
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