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Bitterness The Poison Of The Soul -- essay by gregordon
« on: January 27, 2017, 09:14:35 PM »


Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. - Ephesians 4:31

Bitterness is something we feel never will happen to us. We go through life opening our hearts to many people, seeking friendship in this life. But when we least expect it someone hurts us, or circumstances themselves come to a place where we allow bitterness to come into our hearts towards even God himself. Feeling angry and disappointed over how we have been treated or how circumstances have treated us produce great bitterness in our being. This feeling we hold in is suppressed in our hearts and not see at first in our daily life. But it starts to seep out its poison slowly in our words (James 3:7), and mind, we start to judge everyone, say cynical and hard comments towards others. Usually this hurt is directed towards a person or specific situation. Anything that would remind the hurt person of this situation will result in their hurt to come out in words that damage and tear down others.


In the verse before this passage the Apostle Paul speaks of not grieving the Holy Spirit as believers in Jesus. He shares that Disciples must "get rid" of all of these hurt feelings that result in resentment, anger, frustration, hurtful words towards other persons. If we allow any unforgiveness as believers to rest in our hearts it will grow like a cancer and create bitterness and then our inner man is defiled with all these sins of anger. The Apostle pleads with fellow believers to forgive "each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." (Ephesians 4:32). That is the only solution and way to solve the problem. Getting even, hurting someone else or an organization will not result in releasing you from the personal prison of bitterness you are in. Forgiveness is the key that will open that door so that you may walk in the freedom Christ has called you in and then you will be able to help release others who even caused the hurt in your own life.
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Re: Bitterness The Poison Of The Soul
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2017, 11:48:03 PM »
I like Ephesians.
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Re: Bitterness The Poison Of The Soul
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2017, 08:51:09 AM »
What you say is true. But if we are to forgive as God forgave us, how did God forgive us? Was it not when we showed remorse and asked for forgiveness? The problem is not forgiving those who wrong us and later on sincerely apologise and ask for reconciliation, but with those who show no remorse, and would probably do the same again if similar circumstances arose.

I have struggled long with this, and have found some peace by seeking to maintain a readiness to forgive if the other person wishes to be forgiven because he or she has wronged me. I have asked the Lord to help me to maintain that readiness.

I am reminded of some words of Zechariah who says he was wounded in the house of his friends. And the psalmist David wrestled with the same problem in Psalm 55.
"But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you are not consumed by one another." Galatians 5.15

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Re: Bitterness The Poison Of The Soul
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2017, 10:52:29 AM »
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Re: Bitterness The Poison Of The Soul
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2017, 01:57:13 AM »
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Re: Bitterness The Poison Of The Soul -- essay by gregordon
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2017, 02:06:55 PM »
Thank you I will seek to follow your directives brother.
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Re: Bitterness The Poison Of The Soul -- essay by gregordon
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2017, 04:50:01 PM »
Thank you I will seek to follow your directives brother.

Good deal. Happy posting.
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