Bitterness, in my experience, is one of the most insidious tools of Satan ever deployed. It eats away at your soul and completely works its way into destroying your relationship with Jesus, while also hardening your heart and making it not just hard, but also cold.
Bitterness – the lingering feeling of anger and/or resentment toward people, situations, or things. I speak from experience when I write on this topic, and a major reason I’m writing this is because I’ve been dealing with it recently. So this is me preaching to myself and to others in the hopes of helping others. It builds. It doesn’t stop. It works its way into more and more parts of your life, and sometimes it gets to the point where all you can even think about is how much you’d like to see that person fail or this or that and all sorts of awful things.
Brothers, Sisters, this is not the way of Christ. This is the way of the devil.
Look at what Paul writes in Ephesians 4:31: “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.” God had Paul cosmically moved to write this for a reason. God loves us, and knows what bitterness can and does do to our souls. He knows that it hacks away at our souls and our hearts like a madman with a machete. We’re to love our enemies, not inwardly curse them and wish for misfortune to befall them!
Finally, look at what Jesus says about hatred and bitterness: “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.”(Matthew 5:21-22 ESV) We, followers of Christ, find ourselves breathing out murder in our hearts against our neighbours.
Brothers, sisters. When we are wounded or hurt by others, especially when they intended for us to be hurt, let us not respond the way the world would, the way they would. Let us not hate them. Let us have compassion on them for being lost and led viciously astray by this world and its sins, and let us love them and pray for them that God will bless them with the beautiful and boundless blessings and light that He has blessed us with: salvation in Christ.