A Bitter Pill to Swallow

AUGUST 12TH, 2020      |      We can live with sadness, although it’s painful; but we cannot live with bitterness. Bitterness poisons us and pushes away everyone around us. It often comes from events that happened to us that we didn’t deserve. The people who were supposed to love and protect us didn’t. It comes from careless remarks made in haste, anger, hurt, and revenge.

We are urged in Ephesians to let go of bitterness by laying it aside and giving up our right to hurt those who’ve hurt us. Bitterness from a bad relationship with a parent can affect that child’s relationship with their future spouse. The person subconsciously expects the spouse to fill the void the parent created, which can produce another failed relationship. Instead, let bitterness go! It wasn’t right, fair, or deserved; but it happened. Don’t let bitterness control every aspect of your life, or it will destroy your future relationships.

Declare today your day of freedom, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully abused you. The Father will give you the strength to gain freedom from your past hurts.

A Bitter Pill to Swallow

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

–Ephesians 4:30-31 NIV

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

–Ephesians 4:30-31 NIV

We can live with sadness, although it’s painful; but we cannot live with bitterness. Bitterness poisons us and pushes away everyone around us. It often comes from events that happened to us that we didn’t deserve. The people who were supposed to love and protect us didn’t. It comes from careless remarks made in haste, anger, hurt, and revenge.

We are urged in Ephesians to let go of bitterness by laying it aside and giving up our right to hurt those who’ve hurt us. Bitterness from a bad relationship with a parent can affect that child’s relationship with their future spouse. The person subconsciously expects the spouse to fill the void the parent created, which can produce another failed relationship. Instead, let bitterness go! It wasn’t right, fair, or deserved; but it happened. Don’t let bitterness control every aspect of your life, or it will destroy your future relationships.

Declare today your day of freedom, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully abused you. The Father will give you the strength to gain freedom from your past hurts.

Do you see roots of bitterness in your family? Begin a new DNA of forgiveness by asking the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom to do so.

Ask the Father to reveal and uproot bitterness in your life.

Brenda Beattie
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