“You must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. You didn’t come to learn Christ that way. You were taught to put away your old self, to be made new in the attitude of your minds, and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore, each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor. In your anger do not sin. He who has been stealing must steal no longer but must work. Do not let any unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for the building up of others according to their needs. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ has forgiven you.”
~ Ephesians 4:17, 20–32, Paraphrased
Last week I wrote about what to do when other Christians hurt you.
One of the worst ways to react to hurt is to become bitter, for there are few things that are as toxic to the human spirit as bitterness.
Bitterness is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to get sick.
It hurts you, not them.
In addition, bitterness not only consumes your mind and spirit, but it always ends up unwittingly destroying other people.
Because of bitterness, many Christians have shipwrecked their faith, deceiving themselves as well as others.
“See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”
~ Hebrews 12:15, NIV
Bitterness will throttle your spiritual progress and open the door for God’s enemy to both use and abuse you.[Continue Reading…]