Bitterness is characterized by an unforgiving spirit and generally negative, critical attitudes. Bitterness is the unhealthiest emotion you can have.
When you are offended or disappointed by others and allow the hurt to germinate in your heart, bitterness and resentment will take root. Your will react with a negative or corrective comeback to any suggestions or wisdom from others when you are coddling your bitterness.
Some bitter people think that their bitterness is actually a gift of insight and discernment when they are judging or instructing others. NO IT IS NOT.
Bitterness and resentment are both sinful and self-defeating. Perhaps it grows from the literal loss of a loved one or of a job, or income, or relationship.
Sometimes it might be more subtle and grow from the loss of a reputation, or social position in a group, or control. Whatever the cause, bitterness grows out of unreleased loss.
What happens to a person if he or she keeps bitterness on the inside for many years? What happens to them physically?
THE CAUSES OF BITTERNESS AND RESENTMENT
Hurtful words produce bitterness and resentment.
Hurtful attitudes produce bitterness and resentment.
Hurtful actions produce bitterness resentment.
Bitterness and resentment makes us foolish.
Bitterness provokes people to do stupid things and to say stupid things.
Bitterness hurts us.
Bitterness is an emotional suicide.
Bitterness is drinking poison while hoping the other person will die.
It is a very slow form of destroying one’s peace of mind. It prolongs the hurt and it makes us miserable. Bitterness makes everyday life miserable.
There is a remedy for the bitter spirit — it’s the healing balm of the Word of God. Taken in small doses over a period of time can release the tortured soul to know love, joy, and peace from the Holy Spirit.
Study the following Bible verses to help deal with bitterness and negativity: it’s not going away until you choose to be set free.
“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 16:33.
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me,” Psalm 51:10.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.