Bitter beer. I drank tons of beer decades ago in my time as an alcoholic before the Lord set me free. But not bitter beer to the best of my recollection. Not the really bitter kind anyway. Bitter chocolate. Tried it when I fell head over heels in love with chocolate for a season on the road for Jesus. But the bitter kind? No way. Bitter coffee? I haven’t had a cup of coffee in many years, but the very bitter kind, no thank you. I am just not in the least enamored with things bitter. But when it comes to bitterness, which is a sin, I can fall prey to it if I’m not careful.
Know what the Lord asked me one time?
“Are you loving toward them, or bitter?” He said in reference to some people with whom I was upset and hadn’t as of yet really even figured out why.
“Bitter,” I confessed right away.
“Please get rid of it,” the Lord replied immediately.
Not only was the bitterness standing in the way of the love of Christ I should have been showing these people. But bitterness is just plain old wrong. It’s sin. It makes anything that could and should be beautiful and lovely and right and positive and blessed and rewarding, etc. – well, bitter. Ungodly. Unappealing. Unattractive. Unhelpful. Unbecoming. Yuck.
Feeling bitter about someone? About something? Ever struggle with bitterness? Here’s the message the Lord placed on my heart for you and me and others.
Bitter? Get rid of it!
Friend, let’s walk in the love of the Lord, AMEN!
Father, shine your light in our hearts please! Show us any bitterness we may have! It could be lurking in crevices and corners where we cannot see. We may not even be aware of it. It could have been there for years. Or be brand new. Oh, Lord, you know. If there is one ounce of bitterness in us, please, oh God, take it from us! Forgive us for it! Cause us to rid ourselves of it!
And for that matter, dear Lord, help us to continually purify our hearts and lives before you. May we get rid of everything distasteful and unappealing and unpleasant and displeasing to you, oh Lord! Fill us, oh Lord, those of us who believe in you, Jesus as Lord, with your Holy Spirit. Where every ounce of sin is purged from us, replace it with more of you and your love and kindness and patience and joy and peace and hope and everything good you desire to fill our hearts with. Thank you, dear Lord! And if that bitterness sneaks back in there, please Lord let us get rid of it all over again. Let there be a big sign on our hearts, Father, saying “Bitterness not welcome here!” Amen!
“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.” Ephesians 4:31
“looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;” Hebrews 12:15