"Bitterness is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die." -Randy Alcorn
Many of us have sinned by being bitter about something in our life. You may have experienced bitterness as a result of something done to you, something not done for you, or even as you compared your lack of something to someone else's plenty. Bitterness is like a bloodsucking leech that constantly sucks at your soul until you are spiritually dry. It is very dangerous for a believer to hold onto bitterness. It has a terrible snowball effect; it will keep growing & growing til it's dealt with. If you are struggling with the sin of bitterness, here are a few verses that can help you go from a bitter heart to a praising heart.
1) Confess that bitter thought/attitude right away! Hebrews 12:15
2) Ask the Lord to replace that bitterness with His truth & wisdom. James 3:13-18
3) Recall God's goodness to your mind. Lam 3:19-24
Only the Living God can turn a horribly sour situation that you've experienced into something pleasantly sweet (Romans 8:28). He desires all of his children to thrive by His grace and not just survive. Bitterness stifles us from fulfilling all that He wants to do for us, in us, and through us for His glory. If you have bitterness in your heart, do the above 3 things and it may be a good idea to have someone pray with you and keep you accountable in this area. Also, Psalm 34 is a good chapter to meditate on.
So, put down that poisonous drink then "taste & see that the Lord is good" (Psalm 34:8)!