Monday, 18 June 2018 10:16

Derailed by Bitterness

Written by  Keith Waldrop, Christ Community Church
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“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy, without holiness no one will see the Lord. 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 12:14-15

 

A little seed of bitterness takes root and before long we are in trouble.

 

Corrie Ten Boom said, “Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.“

 

When bitterness moves in it handcuffs, entraps, and arrests you.  Scripture encourages us to throw it off that we might prosper and be a vibrant witness for Christ. In 2018 when we turn on the news and see the reports, we almost grow immune to it.

 

These terrible situations happen, and someone feels offended.  It is at the core of all the killing that is so prevalent today. When it grows, it leads to hatred and murder.  Someone has done something to them and bitterness has taken harbor in their hearts - and it is lethal. We are not to take up offenses of others.

 

Bitterness opens the door to the enemy.

Deal with the offense or you will make a place for Satan.  Allow him no foothold in your life. When we hold onto bitterness, poison fills our soul and it eventually explodes. We all are tempted to get bitter and, when we do, division starts and disunity enters.  Our God is greater than our bitterness and He is waiting for us to lay it down.

 

Bitterness affects us physically and costs us so much money.  It robs our health.  Medical doctors link harboring resentments to physical maladies like ulcers, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Sickness is the result of bitterness.  Let’s get clean hearts before God and honor Him and one another.

 

Our bitterness affects so much more than us...it defiles others. Murmuring attitudes and complaining come as a result. Make a list of why you are bitter and address it.  If we don’t, stress hormones are released, and we get on an unhealthy track. This is a trap for us, and Christ followers should always pursue FREEDOM….

 

Our hurt not dealt with grows and festers and leads us down a road that is most destructive.  I have found that when we are bitter it hinders our prayers. 1 Peter 3:7 tells us, “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives and treat them with respect… so that nothing can hinder your prayers.”  Marriages suffer because of this, and friendships are abandoned. The cycle repeats itself so let’s determine to break the cycle.

 

Bitterness is a malignant tumor!

 

Let’s choose to eradicate bitterness by allowing God to reveal it to us.  If He shows you where you are bitter, allow the Holy Spirit to do radical surgery.  Ask Him to cover you with his grace.

 

When bitter, I find that I will replay the tapes and rehash every word, and then my mouth gets out of control. In running my mouth, I look for one who will agree with me and help me justify my feelings. For a Christian, there is no place for this kind of behavior.

 

Like all weeds, bitterness has a way of spreading and the Scripture admonishes us to, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling & slander, along with every form of malice.”

 

We have a choice to make whether to become better or bitter, and if you are serious about freedom, take the steps below:

 

A. Confess you’ve got bitterness

B. Dig it up and give it to Christ.

C.Completely Let it Go- forgive,

forgive, forgive….

D. Let LOVE replace this attitude.

 

Drop your BITTERNESS and pursue Christ with all your heart.

 

Pastor Keith Waldrop is the founding and senior pastor of Christ Community Church, 8285 Ryan Rd. He has been married to Donna for 39 years this summer. They have two daughters, two sons-in-law and three awesome grandkids: Ramsey [5], McLain [3] and Finn [1].

 

 

 

 

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