“Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.” (Hebrews 12:15).
The definition of bitterness is the following:
- Sharpness of taste; lack of sweetness.
- Anger or disappointment of being treated unfairly; resentment.
How many times have you felt this way toward another human being? Or situation?
It can be very common in everyday life if you don’t know how to recognize it and treat it as a normal emotion.
God never wanted us to carry offenses. That is why Jesus tells us to “love our neighbor as ourselves.” (Mark 12:31).
Even if you feel wronged in any way, surrender these bitter feelings to the Lord. The situation is not yours to figure out or seek revenge for. Just give it to God, as hard as it may seem in the moment.
God Knows How You Feel.
The Lord understands exactly what you’re going through during these times because He went through it all, and worse.
Imagine it, He was insulted, yelled at, spit on, kicked, whipped, and beaten up. Jesus should have held an offense toward all of those who hurt him, but at the end He said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34).
This is something to meditate on and hold onto. If Jesus could do it, so can you.
Become Bitter or Better?
“Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.” (Proverbs 14:10).
This is a choice you have to make each time an offense takes place in your heart. Once you hold onto an offense it can turn you bitter toward that situation, event, or person.
This isn’t about the thing or person offending you; this is about your freedom. How do you want to feel? Do you want to be in bondage or be free?
Pray This Today:
Dear Lord Jesus,
I place myself under your authority right now. I cover myself and this time with you with your precious blood. I repent of taking offense to _______________________(name the person, event, or situation where you felt offended).
I forgive _______________ (name the person, event, or situation by name) for hurting me. I ask you, Lord Jesus, to cleanse me of bitterness with your blood, and I speak divine peace over my heart and mind right now.
Help me to recognize offenses and to put them down before they take root in my heart, spirit, and soul. In the Strong Name of Jesus. Amen.
Scriptures Against Bitterness
- “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19
- “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” Ephesians 4:31
- “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13
- “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry” Ephesians 4:26
- “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy” Proverbs 28:14
- “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” Psalm 51:10
- “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:13
- For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15
- So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. 4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” Luke 17:3-4
- If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
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