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Have you ever bitten into something intensely bitter? The moment you do, your taste buds tell you. Your mouth usually reacts by automatically rejecting the item. Your body is telling you, “Don’t eat this!”
Bitterness can happen in the heart too. Life experiences and relationships can be bitter and can make us bitter. Unfortunately, our internal systems are not as quick to react to it or reject it as our mouths are. Far too often, bitter thoughts and feelings lodge in our soul, and slowly leach their poison into our choices and interactions with others. Over time, bitterness in the heart wreaks havoc on us; spiritually, emotionally, relationally and even physically. Sadly, there are lots of bitter people in our world.
The Bible warns us about bitterness in Hebrews 12:15 (TPT) “…And make sure no one lives with a root of bitterness sprouting within them which will only cause trouble and poison the hearts of many.”
Bitterness is dangerous, not only because of what it does to you, but because of what it does through you to others. It’s contagious!
What’s the cure for bitterness? Bitterness is purged from the soul by a choice — a decision to release. Bitter people hold on to things that have hurt or angered them. They carry grudges, and often are still seeking revenge. They ruminate over their pain and imagine the pleasure of a potential payback. They’re storing up poison in their hearts that seeps into their thoughts, conversations and interactions. Bitterness can only be cured by forgiveness.
Look at these words of guidance from Paul, the apostle in Ephesians 5:31, 32 (NLT) “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
Let go of your bitterness today. Forgive. It will cure your soul!