May 21, 2003
” . . . get rid of all bitterness . . . . ” (Ephesians 4; 31)
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Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,
Do you carry a chip on your shoulder? Are you holding a grudge against someone who hurt you? Are you blaming God for a tragedy in your life/ If so, you may be guilty of the subtle sin of bitterness.
Webster defines bitterness as the attitude of heart “exhibiting intense animosity.” Bitterness is marked by a coldness and a harshness toward God or another person. Bitterness is found everywhere–in the workplace, in families, and, unfortunately, even in the Church.
Bitterness is a bitter load to carry. If not relinquished, it will eat the very heart out of you and, in the process, it may even destroy your health. It most certainly will destroy your relationships.
If you are guilty of bitterness, repent right now and ask God to forgive you. Give Him the hurt, and trust that He will take care of it in His way and in His time.
Your sister in Christ,
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio
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