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)