- It dominates
- It deprives
- It defiles
- It devastates.
Mark chapter 6 verses 14-29. Therefore Herodias held it against him and wanted to kill him, but she could not;
Mark 6:19 NKJV
The answer for bitterness
Leviticus. Chapter 18 verse 19. You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
Leviticus 19:18 NKJV
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:31-32 NKJV
So how do we do that? In a word, Forgiveness. Forgive in order to release the grip of a grunt. Now listen, this is where some people have a problem with forgiveness because they think. Well, if I forgive it means I condone what they did, no it doesn’t, forgiveness does not condone the behavior of another person. Whether it was intentional or unintentional, whether it was real or perceived, forgiveness does not mean that you are condoning their behavior or even denying the pain associated with it. Here’s whar forgiveness does mean, it means you will no longer be defined by it. By the grace of God you forgive so the issue will not keep you bound.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Colossians 3:12-15 NIV
Notes taken as listening to Cornerstone Chapel.