DON’T BE BITTER
The greatest defeat a child of God can experience from the mistreatment of people is to harbor bitterness in his heart. As a child of God, when you allow bitterness in your heart because of the wrongdoing or misbehavior of people, it will poison your spiritual life, hampers your free relationship with the people, and it hinders unsaved people who offend you from coming to God; because bitterness will hinder you from praying for them and from loving them.
Bitterness is poisonous and pernicious, because it is within, right in the heart, and it may not be easily noticed outside. Acts 8:23, “For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.” Bitterness is as a result of people wrong talking or treatment of people, which actually goes beyond the flesh and blood. Bitterness is a satanic weapon against the children of God, and many within and outside the church are trapped, even against one another among the brethren.
Even when you do not revenge, fight back, talk back or retaliate against people who mistreat, offend or speak against you, if care is not taken, you may be bitter in your heart against them by grudge, and in such case, Satan has won the battle.
Bitterness is a little sin, but so large to hinder a child of God from making heaven. As it is common among unbelievers, so it is among believers and mostly among “mature” Christians. It is subtle but destructive. If it is not settled at once, It leads to anger, evil speaking, slander and malice. It hinders one’s prayer, free fellowship with one another and it hinders one from making heaven.
The only remedy and means to block bitterness from gaining access into our hearts is to overlook offenses and forgive freely. Don’t mind, don’t enumerate what people do against you, just forgive and escape bitterness. We must also pray daily for cleansing and grace to overcome such subtle sins.
Ephesians 4:31, 32″Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
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