Bitterness – Bro. Joshua

Bitterness   Ephesians 4:29-32

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malica: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Corrupt communication- any conversation that does not edify the hearer, which in turn grieves the Holy Spirit and reveals the condition of the heart.

Bitterness- precedes anger, wrath, clamour evil speaking, and metastasizes into malice.

Malice_ Extreme enmity of heart, disposition to injure others without regard, unprovoked spite.

1.Origins of Bitterness (Hebrews 12;15)

Consequence of Sin (Vs. 1)

Ruth 1: 20-21

II Samuel 17: 23, 16:23, 11: 3-4, 23:34

Contradictions (false accusations) Vs. 3

Chastening hand of God Vs. 11

2. Symptoms of Bitterness (Ruth 1:7-18)

Discouragement and Discouraging others.

A Distorted reality  (Job 40:2, 8)

Despising legitimate leaders. (II Samuel 15:12)

Defiling the innocent (II Samuel 16:20-23)

3. Solution for Bitterness

Consider Him (Hebrews 12:2-3

Pour out your soul (I Samuel 1:9-11)

Surrender your will to Him (Matthew 26:39, Job 40:3-5)

Take it to the cross (Galatians 2:20, Exodus 15: 23-25)

Give Thanks (I Thessalonians 5:16-18, Philippians 4:4-6)

Conclusion: We can put away all bitterness; lay aside every burden that besets us and in so doing we will experience God’s grace and find the joy to glory in our infirmities. (II Corinthians 12:9)