Truth Thursday

Thursday, January 08, 2015

"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking , be put away from you, with all malice." (Ephesians 4:31)

BREAKING THROUGH BITTERNESS

It’s impossible for us to go through this life without being hurt either by what is done to us, said to us, or taken from us. For instance,

Maybe you were a faithful Christian employee who was overlooked for a position and it was given to someone who didn’t qualify nor deserve it.
Maybe you were an abused child who had to face her abuser every Sunday, as he was your father and preacher of the church, and were told to keep quiet so as not to ruin his reputation.
Maybe others are growing with their church families, and you have yet to find one to connect with.
Maybe you refused to do something unethical on your job because of your Christian values and were fired. While the company flourishes, you’re fighting to draw unemployment.
Maybe a congregation mistreated you where you faithfully served for many years.
Maybe a close friend betrayed you.
Maybe an illness or surgery ruined your chances of having children, while having to hear women in your small group complain about their children every week.
Maybe you’re a sibling whose accomplishments are overlooked, while another sibling is praised.
Maybe your child’s life was taken or is permanently disabled or your husband or wife dies leaving you in debt and alone.

In all of the scenarios above we find someone who feels wronged, abused, or neglected. Bitterness is birthed from different experiences, but leads to the same end: destruction. Bitterness is one of the most damaging and hazardous human emotions that if not handled quickly, will spiritually and even physically destroy the one who has it. It is not foreign to even the most faithful of Christians and is most times manifested in critical attitudes, chronic negativity, constant excuses, and an unforgiving spirit.

Bitterness is a heap of hurt that has toppled over inside of an individual making them deeply miserable. When we see (or when we are) someone acting out in bitterness, it’s an indication of the great struggle of trying to pick up pieces of pain in order to find justice.

A heart unhealed of bitterness may lead to a lifetime of unrest.

Let’s Speak our TRUTH – We’ve all been through a time in our lives when we held on to some form of hurt. We stewed in our anger. If someone mentioned the person’s name that wronged us, we cringed, cried, and complained. If we speak our truth we want justice, revenge, or for someone to hurt like we hurt. If we speak our truth, we want to be noticed, accepted, and supported. If we speak our truth, we admit that bitterness, anger, and resentment took root in our lives because we allowed the hurt of offenses or disappointments to marinate in our hearts for way too long.

Let’s See THE TRUTH – Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6) and in 1 Peter 2:21-23 we see THE Truth did not harbor bitterness in His heart even though men abused Him. THE Truth is our perfect example of not holding on to hurts. THE Truth loved, forgave, and helped the very people who hurt Him. THE Truth gave His life for the very people who took His life. THE Truth knew that holding bitterness in His heart would ruin His mission to heal our hearts.

Let’s Be the TRUTH – “And BE kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you” (Eph. 4:32). We must BE the Truth and forgive the person who wronged us. We must Be the Truth and live peaceably with all men. We must Be the Truth and love our enemies and do good to them who hate us. We must Be the Truth and pray for them who despitefully use and persecute us. We must Be like Christ to Be free from bitterness.

This Truth Thursday, it’s time to Break Through Bitterness! Today, we need God to break our hearts so that we can be healed of the emotions that are destroying our minds and causing us to act out in unpleasant ways. When it comes to breaking through bitterness, we must:

SPEAK our truth, to admit that we’ve been there.
SEE The Truth, to acknowledge that He’s been there.
BE the Truth and accept that we don’t have to stay there.

How will you break through bitterness today?


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2 comments

  1. There are no suitable words that feel good enough to explain how this message was written for me. I won't go back, only forward. Sometimes I forget how easy it is to harbor bitterness and how safe and private it may seem, but it is just leading me to destruction. I won't hold bitterness against my family, church, or in my workplace. I must address issues head on and keep moving forward or else, I'll be in the same state I used to be in. That's not a place I want to go back to. Again, thank you for this message as I feel it was divinely crafted for me.

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  2. Wow! This TRUTH Thursday hit home for me. I have harbored bitterness toward family (without their knowledge, as bitterness sometimes does), and about church and so many other things. This message encourages me not to find myself destroyed because I wanted to hold on to my negative emotions. I like the fact that you all reminded us to Speak OUR truth which helps us acknowledge that I have held anger and resentment in my heart and then Seeing THE truth and Being like the truth. Thank you for this reminder because it has truly enlightened me.

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