Don't Be Bitter, Walk In Love

BITTERNESS, RESENTMENT, GRUDGES….Should not be a part of a Christian’s life.  “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. Today’s blog entry is titled, “Don’t Be Bitter, Walk In Love”…

Throughout the course of our lives, we may encounter people who do things that we don’t appreciate. Sometimes it may not be intentional, while other times it may be blatantly intentional. Regardless of a person’s intent, we shouldn’t allow their actions to cause us to be bitter. Holding a grudge can cause a person to relive something over and over again that they should have moved on from.  

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;” – Hebrews 12:14-15

It’s important for us to keep our emotions in check. Being led by our emotions can lead to all kinds of bad decisions. It can lead a person to say/do things that they will later regret. It’s important for us to be very careful of how we respond to people who are being negative towards us. We shouldn’t allow another person to get us to act in a way that is displeasing to God. Remember who we represent, Jesus Christ! It’s important for us to be led by the Holy Spirit, instead of being led by our flesh.

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” – Matthew 5:44

It’s important that we don’t label a person as “too bad” to be saved. As Romans 3:23 says “ For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”.  I understand that Jesus can save others the same way He saved me. It’s important that we pray for those who have done us wrong. In some cases they may be unbelievers who don’t know a whole lot about Jesus. In other cases it could be another Christian who made a bad decision. Regardless of who the person is, it’s important that we don’t allow them to cause us to be bitter. Remember the Joy of The Lord is our Strength (See Nehemiah 8:10)! So has we continue to grow in our walk with Christ remember “Don’t be Bitter, Walk in Love”!

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” – James 3:17-18

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