The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear? (Prov. 18:14 KJV)
Bitterness devours our lives, just as cancer ravages the body. We do ourselves a great favor by watching our hearts carefully to keep clear of any bitterness and resentment. The scripture above poses a question that it does not provide the answer to directly, because the answer is so obvious. It says “but a wounded spirit who can bear?” The answer is “no one”!
Bitterness inflicts a deep wound in the heart of man and triggers a downward spiral in everything about his life. A bitter person is a wounded person. Our hearts often get wounded in the context of relationships, when people around us do things that hurt us. The closer the relationship, the deeper the potential for a deep-seeded wound. God wants us to stay away from bitterness because He knows the ruin it brings upon us. The key to overcoming resentment is to surrender to the Lordship of Christ, which gives you the attitude to DO WHAT HE SAYS rather than what YOU WANT to do. God’s Word to forgive is His wonder medication to begin the healing process for bitterness. It is the last thing we want to do when we are bitter, but our surrender to the lordship of Christ makes us do it for our own good.
Look at our key scripture above again. Is your spirit wounded?
If you are struggling with bitterness in any part of your life, ask the Father to help you surrender to His lordship and control. Pray for grace and strength to guard your heart against any form of resentment.
APPLY THE WORD TODAY!
Our surrender to Christ makes us do what He commands. This is key because the last thing a bitter person WANTS TO DO is to forgive. While we are still living for ourselves, we do what WE WANT and continue holding on to past hurts. When we die to ourselves and live for God because we love Him and want to please Him, we do what HE WANTS. This is what God wants: “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger…be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. (Eph. 4:31-32 KJV). Do you love the Lord? Yield and do His Word today! Yes, it might hurt as you DO WHAT HE WANTS, but you will smile and laugh at the end!
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