A few days ago I wrote about Brick Walls and how suffering can make us either bitter or better. Bitterness is a poison of emotional venom resulting in critical and judgmental spirits.
Bitterness is a root sin linked with rage, with anger, and with malice (Eph 4:31) that produces fruit of broken relationships in families and churches.
God warns us not to allow bitterness to get a foothold in our lives “see to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled” (Heb. 12:15).
Why do we hold onto anger? Believers should be forgiving, showing mercy to others just as God has shown mercy to them. Yet Christians are known to be a group that shoots their wounded.
Why? Because hurt people hurt people. Hurt can become a vicious cycle of angry pain.
An unforgiving spirit is devastating. Do you harbor an offense against someone? Do you need release from a heavy yoke? Listen to this excellent sermon by Evangelist Steve Pettit on How to Conquer Bitterness.
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you. (Eph. 4:32).