Bitterness

In a post by Douglas Wilson he discusses bitterness. I thought that it was good enough that you should read it. Bitterness is a horrible way to live and it destroys those who live in it. Also resentment is horrible and we need avoid this sin. Read on and see how you need to allow God to cleanse these sins from your heart and life.

“Resentment is one of the most confused and confusing sins that we commit.

Another person has wronged you and hurt you, or you believe that he has, and so you store up bitterness in your heart. But this bitterness pollutes and eats away at your own soul, not the soul of the one who wronged you.

What this means is that someone came into your home and smashed your precious things. And let us say that you are not imagining it—he really did this. And so what does bitterness do? Bitterness goes to the workroom in the basement, finds a hammer, and goes through the house, smashing any of the remaining precious things that the other may have missed. At the basic heart level, this means that bitterness agrees with the vandal. For all the appearance of conflict, it is a false conflict.

Aggressive belligerence says that you should be hurt. And bitterness responds by saying, “No, I need to be hurt and damaged more than that. Leave me now—I can do the rest by myself.”

The author of Hebrews says not to let the root of bitterness spring up, defiling many. And when this happens, the people involved fall short of the grace of God (Heb. 12:15). But we must remember that the Old Testament associates the bitter root with the sin of idolatry. When we are resentful, more is involved than just a “cranked attitude.” We are no longer worshipping the loving Father who controls all things perfectly, including this situation, for His glory and our good. And this means that, in our bitterness, we are trying to appease an idol, a deity who cannot deliver us……..”

I have suffered from this horrible sin before. I think the sins that have hurt me more than any others are bitterness and fear. I pray that God will give us strength to turn to Him and love Him instead of ourselves.

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1 thought on “Bitterness”

  1. right to the heart. Bitterness is a heavy weight to carry. This is a very good thought and one much needed. Thank you.

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