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17 April 2021
The Bitter Truth
Are you quick to forgive? Or do you hold a grudge forever? When you forgive, do you really let it go? Or do you bring it up every time something else bad happens? Are you so overwhelmed with bitterness that you fall into depression and give up things that you have always loved to punish yourself or to avoid remembering when things were good. When you don’t know who to blame, do you blame yourself, or God, or both? Or do you realize that there must be a reason that is beyond your comprehension? Throughout the Old Testament of the Bible there are many references of people being bitter, but not much in the way of what the effects of bitterness are concerning those around you. Whether it be the cause of someone doing you wrong, or something bad that’s happened through nobody’s fault, like the illness or death of a family member or friend. If you have bitterness in your heart, it doesn’t just affect you, but everyone around you.
Biblical references show that bitterness is poison. To you and to everyone you come in contact with. Hebrews 12:15 tells us …”Watch out so that no poisonous root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble to you and by it, defiling many…” but the point here is that bitterness can destroy you! From the inside out, and all that you touch. Even if you hold on to just one single branch of that tree of bitterness, it will fester and grow. It’s destructive nature has the power to bring down worlds much more powerful than just yours.
Ephesians 4:29 – 32 says: Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice. And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
You must forgive to expect forgiveness. None of us deserve forgiveness, but through the grace of God, it is given to us. Jesus shed His blood and tears for that forgiveness. He was completely innocent, but was put to death for us. We’re not deities. We’re fallible human beings. But the life of Jesus and His teachings were to show us what was expected of us. Give others the benefit of the doubt, until they prove to you that you can’t. Even then, forgive them. But whatever you do, don’t punish one for the wrong doings of another. Forgive yourself also. God gave us this life that we have joy in Him and all that He has given us. Don’t you think it’s time to let bitterness and all other negativity go, and enjoy that life as our Lord and His Son Jesus want us to? Go forth and live your life to the fullest and Love every step of the way.
God Loves You, Jesus Loves You, And I Do too‼