Thursday, January 5, 2012

BEWARE of a Root of Bitterness in Your Life.

 Photo of a Twin Boab Tree taken by Raymond Lindsey, outback Australia.

Just as the roots of a tree bury deep within the ground.

So do the Roots of Bitterness, bury deep within your heart.

Those Roots are revealed in Jealousy, Unrighteous Anger, Revenge and Hatred.

 A Root of Bitterness causes havoc in a believers life. They are plagued constantly by their own poisonous thoughts.

In fact that person, although they may claim to be a Christian, are not.           

And this is what the Word of God says about it.

"But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.  Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.  For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice."

James 3:14-16

Results of Bitterness
Just as we only have ourselves to blame for becoming bitter, we only have ourselves to blame for the consequences. Once we step upon the road of bitterness, we can only expect it to lead to evil. The destination of bitterness is hatred, cruelty, revenge, self­pity, hypocrisy, jealousy, competition, and confusion. In the end, a life of sin will not only be lived, but justified. James says it so clearly, "Where there is bitter envying and strife, there is confusion and every evil work." Bitterness is a great tool Satan uses to bring about the destruction of a believer's spiritual life and testimony.

What is amazing is everyone recognizes the problem except the one who is bitter! Bitterness blinds them from the truth. The only pleasure a bitter person has is to enlist others in their bitterness. Thus, not only does a bitter person lose their friends, but they are unable to make other friends. (See Proverbs 14:10.)

Bitterness leaves them standing alone. 

Never feel justified by your bitterness.
(The only justifiable anger, is righteous anger, like defending the helpless.)

Ask God to fill you to overflowing with the  fruits of His spirit.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." Galations 5:22-23

 

10 comments:

  1. So very true. I have never seen a tree like that.

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  2. Bitterness makes the waters undrinkable! Good reading this morning!

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  3. Wonderful teaching. Thanks for sharing such an important lesson.

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  4. Hi friend, I've been MIA for awhile and was happy to connect with you again. You are so right on about bitterness. You can wake up and it seems that when I don't take time to talk to the Lord and meditate I can become bitter just out of nowhere and have a not so nice attitude the rest of the day. I sure don't like that side of me. Happy New Year to you and yours. XXMollye

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  5. You have that right - so right - no room for bitterness. sandie

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  6. So true Crystal! The devil is always poised to spring these negative thoughts on us and draw us away from Our Lord. Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Ann:)

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