The Cure for Bitterness Part 2
Hebrews 12:14-15 NKJV 14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;
Acts 8:18-24 NKJV 18 And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” 20 But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! 21 You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God. 22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.” 24 Then Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me.”
1. Marriage expectations
2. Job expectations
3. Fast food service expectations
4. Church expectations Many people expect only good from God.
I John 4:20 NKJV 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?
Ephesians 4:32 NKJV 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Luke 12:13-15 NKJV 13 Then one from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But He said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” 15 And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
Job 2:10 NKJV 10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
With that in mind – Jesus spoke
Matthew 5:41. 41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.
1. Ask forgiveness from God.
2. Forgive the person or people.
3. Pray good and blessings over them.
4. Ask God to help you to truly love them with God’s love.