The teaching on bitterness from the For My Life® program helps us to understand how it seeks to work in and through us and become a part of our lives. Bitterness comes to remind us of offenses, manifest in our lives and hinder us in our walk with God. This does not have to be the way. Through God’s Word, we can recognize it, resist it and learn to overcome it with good!
Important things to know and remember about bitterness:
- Bitterness is often the next thing that comes after Accusation because Bitterness tempts us to hold on to offenses.
- Bitterness is not God’s way of responding to an offense. Instead, God has called us to defeat and overcome evil with good. Tweet this! (1 Thessalonians 5:15, Luke 6:27-28, Romans 12:19-21)
We must not take other people’s sins into our body:
- This means that when others sin against us, we must not “hold on” to what they did or said to us because if we do, we are actually “retaining their sins”.
- When we hold on to those sins, that bitterness can then affect our health and result in disease. (John 20:23)
What we do with Anger is our choice :
- We are not “helpless” or “unable” to resist anger; we have the ability to decide not to “go along with it.”
- We do not have to let it stay in our life and become angry.
- If we allow it to remain, it grows into a deeper root of bitterness.(Hebrews 12:15)
- God’s Word tells us how to not give place to evil spirits such as bitterness.(Ephesians 4:26-27, 31-32)
Do we have sweet or bitter water?:
- A good thing to consider and examine is if we have sweet or bitter waters flowing out of our mouths. Our words can be loving and kind or hurtful.(James 3:8-12)
- This could explain why believers can be both nice and sweet sometimes and bitter at other times.
- We must realize that the Holy Spirit will never inspire or bring bitter thoughts, words or actions.
- If we are speaking or acting out bitterness, it is evidence that spirits of bitterness are influencing us.
- This is the battleground regarding Bitterness but God has given us the solution.
We must remember bitterness is not from God, but inspired by the other kingdom of sin. We can then recognize it when it tries to tempt us into agreeing with its conclusions and ways of thinking. Then, we will be able to resist it and choose to not obey it and obey God instead. That way, we will not render evil for evil, we will bless and curse not and thereby overcome evil with good!