Today’s topic is harboring Bitterness.
Today, I would like to speak on the topic of “Harboring Bitterness.”
this topic because of the adverse effect hidden bitterness will have on the Christian life. A friend asked me a question, saying, can I still be a Christian if there is bitterness hidden in my heart? The apostle Paul never wrote a letter calling a believer
a non-Christian because of a Heart, filled with bitterness; however, he did call them carnally minded.
Paul describes a carnally mind Christian.
A carnally minded Christian
is someone who, after conversion, has shown little or no change in their conduct. The Christian who fails to renew their mind, their way of thinking, speaking, and their lack of self-control are subject to become carnally minded. Paul says, for where there
are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?
(Please read James 3:14-18).
A renewed mind.
The pastor writes, Christians must renew their minds so that their focus is on spiritual things, where Christ is seated, and not on earthly things which are perishing (Read Col.3:1).
Don’t become a
The Christians who fail to renew their mind, their old way of thinking, speaking, and their old conduct are easy candidates who might suffer the effects of a bitter spirit.
Do not love the world.
Paul writes in (1-Jn.2:15-17), Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world-the Lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-is not Of the Father but is of the world.
And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the
will of God abides forever.
Pastor Dennis writes:
Christian, are taught that we are to present our bodies to God as a living sacrifice. One way to accomplish such a task
is to put on Christ, in other word’s walk according to the Spirit, walk by God’s word, walk by what God has written, and not according to the flesh or our desires, making ourselves a God.
Paul writes in (Rom.12:1-2) saying, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the Renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Christians who refuse or are slow to abandon their old way of thinking, as well as their old conduct, will most likely have a carnal mind. Their thoughts and views on life will be worldly and not godly.
Jesus joins the conversation:
Jesus said in (Mark 2:22) And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins
are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.
Jesus writes saying:
Jesus said, like the new wine which can not be put into old wineskins, likewise
The Holy Spirit can not function in a Christian who has not renewed their mind.
Paul’s letter to the church:
Paul writes in (Gal.5:17)
saying, for the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh, and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things you wish.
How to end spiritual warfare:
Paul writes in (Col.3:5) telling Christians how to end such conflicts.
Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth:
uncleanness, passion, evil desires, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
Because of these things, what things? Fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desires, and covetousness, the wrath of God is coming upon the
Disobedience, In which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.
Put off your old conduct:
Paul writes in
(1-Cor.2:16), saying but now since the Holy Spirit is living within the believer, put off your old conduct, the way we think, and the way we act since we now have the mind of Christ Let us then think like Christ.
off all theses things:
Paul writes, but now you yourselves are to put of all theses: anger, wrath,
malice, blasphemy, filthy language Out of your mouth.
Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds.
And have put on the new man who is renewed in the knowledge according to the image of Him Who created him.
Put on the new man.
Paul writes, as the elect of God, put on the new man created for good works.
How to enhance your Christian
In (Col.3:12-13) Paul writes, therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, and longsuffering;
one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
Put on the bond of perfection.
followers of Christ, the apostle Paul tells us to put on the bond of perfection.
In (Col.3:14-17) Paul writes, But above all these things put on Love, which is the bond of perfection. and let the peace of God rule
in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God The Father through Him.
Pastor Dennis writes.
Sometimes although Christians, we can be hesitate or slow to act when we do something for a spouse, friend or boss. The apostle Paul tells us how to have joy
in whatever we might be doing in this life.
Do it for the Lord.
In Col.3:23-24) Paul writes, and whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.
Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the Inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
in (Heb.12:14-15) saying, pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without no one will see the Lord: Looking carefully least anyone fall short of the grace of God; Least anyone root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.
Live a peaceful life.
The pastor writes, keeping the faith is based on Loving God. Yourself and others, as well as living a peaceful life with all people.
Paul writes in (2-Cor.13:5) Examine yourself as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know your-Selves, that Jesus Christ is in you-Unless indeed you are disqualified.
We can defeat a bitter spirit.
The Pastor writes, bitterness is always present, waiting to strike even the seasoned Christian. However, we can defeat bitterness by living our lives
by obeying God’s word.