Never Be Bitter
Never Be Bitter
Stephen A. Peterson
Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.
Proverbs 14:10 (NIV)
One should never permit bitterness to disturb or ruin their personality. No matter how hateful, vindictive and heartless the situation may be. Offset them with goodness, patience and kindness.
Bitterness attracts bitterness then multiplies and materializes by feeding on itself. It has a way of running to those who already have a large portion of it. But it ostracizes those with unconditional love and the highest degrees of joy and reconciliation in their hearts.
Attempting to justify itself, the embittered individuals insist he/she has cause for her/his condition. Perhaps. Perhaps not. Regardless of rich or poor anyone is, both will have to drink from life’s cup of bad breaks, failures, pain and suffering. The successful are those who learn the bad times are temporary and have enough sweetness in their personality to dilute it. Bitter people do not. Therein lies the difference!
Almighty God and Father, I acknowledge that I have held resentment and bitterness against (name). I confess this as sin that it and ask You to forgive me. I forgive (name). Remind me, Lord, to not hold any more resentment, but rather to love this person and any other person who may offend me or who I display bitterness toward. Father, I ask You to also forgive (name). Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. In Jesus' Most Holy Name. Amen.
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