Bitterness is a hurt feeling inflicted by others and even yourself. The feeling occurs when you lose control over your emotions because something has interfered with your emotions in a negative way or because you feel someone has treated you unfairly. For instance when you get offended and you let the wrong actions or the negative words settle in your mind, it invokes the feeling of hate and revenge in you. These negative feelings contribute to resentment which is called bitterness in other words.
When you allow bitterness to occupy a place in your life, you begin to suffer its consequences. Bitterness is like a disease. It simply starts from anger that can be prevented, and amounts to hate and finally death which can not be controlled. When one is consumed by bitterness, Its effects start to show and thus it spreads to the people closer to that person eventually a village, region and even a whole country could be suffering. Take for example when someone commits murder because she feels that the other person has been treating her unfairly, the whole village will in turn feel angry and want to revenge and the information can spread across the whole country making others to also be angry about the incident.
Someone consumed by bitterness will want to seek for solitude. And so most of the time he /she will avoid being around people because his mind and heart will always be at a state of conflict. People who are bitter are not free with everyone and they can easily not accept counseling because of the burden of pain they carry.
The book of Ephesians 4:31-32 ,”Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” You see, Bitterness drives away the kindness in you, and takes its place. It makes you become evil minded and eventually lose the oneness you have with God. Would you want to trade the blessings of God with bitterness? If so then don’t expect any blessing from God. Your doors will remain closed because you don’t have even the slightest room for Love.
Bitterness is a disease and like all the diseases, there is a cure. We may not physically find the cure for some other diseases but when we find Him, we find healing. The book of psalms 147:3, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” This is enough proof of the abundance that God Has.
Now that you have leant about bitterness. The First step to overcome bitterness is to forgive. Show kindness and learn to be slow to anger.
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Harbouring bitterness just like unforgiveness, is like drinking poison and expecting the person who made you bitter to die.
Heb.12.15 See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. (NIV)
When you release the people and circumstances that made you bitter, you realise that all along you were actually the one in prison.