2 – Bagging Bitterness
Theme Verse: Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:17-18)
“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;” (Hebrews 12:14-15)
You can’t control what people do, but you can control how you respond.
1. Bitterness has a dangerous root.
Love keeps no record of wrongdoings… (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
2. Bitterness has a poisonous fruit.
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32)
- Kill bitterness with compassion.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” (Luke 6:27-28)
- Kill bitterness with forgiveness.
Tonight’s Challenge –> Relive it – Rehearse it – or you can – Release it.
– Bitterness attempts to destroy love, intimacy, and trust. What’s your history with bitterness? What damage have you seen it do to your life?
– What life opportunities could bitterness be preventing you from fully experiencing or enjoying?
– Bitterness has to be addressed in our hearts. How will you kill bitterness with compassion and forgiveness? Share some specific ideas.