bitterness is never hidden.
i was reading ahead in the Novemeber/December 2011 issue of the Baptist Bread and i found a devotional i thought was interesting and helpful. and since i’ve got nothing else to spew out of my mouth, i figured i’d share it with you all as today’s post. actually, you may be seeing several of these “Baptist Bread” posts in the next month.
if you recall, i’ve done this once before. yay for Baptist Bread!
anywho, with the “changes” that have been going on in my life many people might be quick to point their boney little finger at me and scream “you’re just bitter!!” well… no. i’m not. i’m just trying to focus my life on what’s important. if that’s what you consider bitterness then it’s you that has the problem, not me. imagine that.
this particular chapter was written by Pastor Tim Luchon (Hilltop Baptist Church in Hunker, PA).
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.” ~ Hebrews 12:14-15
bitterness is the silent killer of spirituality. Provers 14:10 says, “The heart knoweth his own bitterness;…” we do know what is troubling us; we only fail to deal with it.
CAUSES OF BITTERNESS
- great trials with little faith in God’s grace.
- desiring what someone else has which you cannot attain.
- the carnality of wanting to be someone else in position or personality.
- being hurt by another’s sin.
- unresolved conflicts.
- a false perception of what someone things of you.
- un-met needs, emotionally and physically.
HOW TO ROOT OUT BITTERNESS
- understand that you do know what is “bothering you.”
- search for “sore sports.” situations that upset you can be a root of bitterness.
- take all problems discovered to God’s grace.
- know that bitterness may be the very root of your bad disposition.
- confess all bitterness as SIN.
- never blame others for your bitterness. it is your fault, and it is self-inflicted.
- realize your bittereness will hurt many others if you let it stay. when we admit to and take responsibility for our own bitterness, that root cause will be cut out.
is there anything that you would add to the list of causes of bitterness?
would you add anything to the resolving bitterness list?