Bitter or Better

This morning (Sunday) I ministered on the subject of bitterness.  I already know that you have had to deal with it.  Mostly likely you know someone who struggles with it or makes it their lifestyle.  Bitterness is more prevalent than you think.

Ephesians 4:31  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. ESV

OR as the CEV says Ephesians 4:31 Stop being bitter and angry and mad at others. Don’t yell at one another or curse each other or ever be rude. 

Think about it.  There is a reason why it's called bitter.  What kind of face do you make when you eat something bitter?  How do you react to something that smells rancid?  How do you respond to someone whose attitude is rude and belligerent?  I bet it's a lot like eating a lemon.  

Here is the thing about bitterness.  It is a choice.  You can choose to be bitter, or you can decide to be better.  But how? 

Here are a few more tips that I can share with you.  

#1 - Don't make it about them.  When you forgive someone, you cease to make them and their actions the center of your universe.  

#2 - Refuse to get involved in their drama.  Usually, there is some kind of drama around bitterness.  Don't do the drama and you will stop bitterness in its tracks. 

#3 - Offer a better solution.  Of course, they could reject your offer.  But offering a solution of peace and reconciliation is better than just accepting bitterness.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to release any bitterness in my heart towards others and help me to reject any future opportunities to become bitter.  AMEN

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