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Monday, September 17, 2007

Bitterness is Bad

“See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” Hebrews 12:15

Defile: to make unclean or impure befoul, besmirch, to corrupt the purity or perfection of, to make filthy. A bitter root that grows up and bears fruit makes many people filthy.

“But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” James 3:14-16

Bitter envy does not come from Heaven; it is “earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.”

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” Ephesians 4:31

“Bitterness” has close associates, rage, anger, brawling, slander and every form of malice.

Before we can understand that bitterness has to be gotten rid of we must understand that it is very bad.

It is of the devil; it makes many people filthy, causes every form of malice,

Bitterness is not only bad in itself it is a commucable sin. Many sins stand alone, for instance, murder and stealing do not cause murder and stealing. Bitterness spreads like an epidemic through families, schools, churches, cities, countries, ships, and armies.

To let bitterness be fruitful is a failure of the grace of God. It must be dug up and gotten rid of.

Some people who are bitter think that their bitterness is a virtue. Some know better but enjoy being bitter. Some do not think they are bitter. Some do not know how to get rid of bitterness.

Download How to Be Free From Bitterness from our website at http://www.ccmbooks.org/.

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