What Is Eating You

How Does the Worm Get in the Apple?

What's Eating You?

Is there something that is bothering you? Something that you can’t talk about? Has someone hurt you that you can’t forgive? Have someone said something to you that you can’t shake loose? Has someone taken something away from you; or wronged you in some way? Do you crave acceptance? Do you feel rejected? Are you, impatient, frustrated, fed up, and just plain angry? Does the slightest little thing set you off? What’s eating you? Whatever the case don’t let it continue to hold you a prisoner. If you don’t do something about it, you will only allow the seed of bitterness to become rooted and develop deep within. Slowly but surely it will cultivate and grow! Think for a moment the chances are great that whoever has wronged you has probably moved on and not even given the matter a second thought. However you are stuck.

Each time you dwell on whatever it is without letting go, it grows. The longer you hold on to it, it will slowly but surely begin to eat you from the inside out. Unattended it will cause you to become depressed, physically ill , have much anxiety, panic attacks or migraine headaches! The end of possibilities goes on… When you allow whatever it is that is bothering you to grow, fester and internally aggravate you, it will eventually make you bitter. It will continue to impact you, your marriage, your friendships as well as your working relationships. What’s eating you? Although you have tucked it away for no one to see. Pushed it to the back of your mind only to silently gnaw away at your joy. As each year passes it is still there. The bitterness surfacing from time to time like a virus. The slightest little thing will trigger it. Someone will be able to push your button like pushing a remote control and set you off! You in turn lose control and react.

Did you know how the worm gets into the apple? Did you think it gets in from the outside in? Well it doesn’t! It has scientifically been proven. What happens is an insect actually lays an egg on the apple’s blossom. At some point the egg then hatches within the apple. As it grows, it eat eats away the apple and burrows its way to the outside! When you allow bitterness to nest, it like the worm begins to grow and erode the fiber of your being; it will eat away your happiness and inside it will grow and tunnel its way out and manifest itself as sin!

How do you stop what’s eating you from eating away at the core of your being? Periodically take a personal inventory. First keep in mind you cannot undo what has been done! Allow whatever has been sitting in the warehouse of your mind, to come to the forefront. As anything resurfaces hold it up to the Light of God’s Word! Meditate on the Word of God it is a Library of Wisdom! By the way you can read all day long but if you don’t implement it, then its just mere words. Ask the Lord to help you and open up your understanding! Begin to acknowledge any ill will or bad feelings you are having. Move towards letting go of the pain by; forgiving the offense, the offender, and forgiving the deed. By the way forgiving does not mean forgetting unless you have amnesia. It does mean that you give up the resentment. Resentment means to feel the pain of the action over and over again. When you hold on to the resentment it too turns to bitterness, that only continues to further hurt you! You must surrender your right to get even. Allowing any anger to slowly come to the surface helps you gain self control, you can then rise above it.

By letting go of what’s eating you, you begin to strengthen and discipline yourself from continuing to let it hurt you, now you are beginning to move towards healing. Confess and Admit it! Your feelings need to be validated! Accept responsibility for whatever it is by acknowledging it for whatever it is. Check yourself! Police yourself! When you find yourself going in the wrong direction or acting out in a way that is not right, don’t allow pride keep you in bondage. God does have a purpose and a path for your life! Now allow yourself to be put on the potter’s wheel to mold you and shape you into a usable “vessel of honor” for His Glory! God really does have a better way! The Word of God is so powerful! You can be “transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Once you admit that life is difficult it becomes easier! Sin is pervasive and has taken root in this world we live. So many things have become greatly impacted. This only further nurtures any bitterness you are harboring! Don’t be deceived! Yes! Anything goes! Acceptance often becoming an Enabler; Tolerance often has been labeled Unconditional Love. TRUTH more and more has been pushed to the background! The LOVE of GOD misconstrued! Lord Help Us! Sin is anything that separates you from God! Like the worm in the apple sin begins to grow and works its way out! Jesus said that this would happen. But don’t be alarmed. Praise God, this only further proves His Word is TRUE! You can not really transform your mind apart from the Lord! Remember if you give credit where it is due. Then you know He made the mind! “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” God’s Word can renew and wash your mind when you sincerely embrace His principles and hold them dear to your heart!

What’s eating You? Do you want to experience the transforming power of His Word? Believing, knowing and implementing His Word is key. Bitterness, will not be able to stay rooted or if it has it will have to go! Ask the Lord to “Create in you a clean heart and renew the right Spirit within you.” As the Holy Spirit within you is activated it will cleanse you from the inside out! Each day as you invite His infilling PRESENCE you can become transformed from the inside out! The Fruit of His Spirit then begins to take root instead. “But the Fruit of HIS SPIRIT is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, F aithfulnesss, Gentleness, and Self Control!” Your actions, words, thoughts and emotions can be transformed! This transformation process is lifelong. But with Jesus Christ as you personal Savior you have all the time you need!

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ConstructionHero 7 years ago from Washington

I love - "You must surrender your right to get even." That is very powerful. I will try and remember that, next time I am angry with someone. I'm also going to pray before I read next time. I very often forget to do that. Thank You for a great article.

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creativeone59 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thanks Deborrah, for a very true hub, I enjoyed it. creativeone59

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author


Thank you! Self control is a Fruit of the Spirit. I think its a good idea to pray before you read the Word. I often hear "I don't understand the Bible." I often wonder did you "ask" the Lord to open your understanding? I hope you Enjoy your next reading...

Thank you for visiting.


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Thank you and Thank you for visiting.


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atomswifey 7 years ago from Michigan

This was an amazing piece of work and I thank you for it!

God Bless You!

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Thank you for visiting. I am enjoying your wonderful hubs as well! Thank you!


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jesusmyjoy 7 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

Deborrah thank you for this, very good.

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Philipo 7 years ago from Nigeria

Very nice hub. In Jeremiah 36, God showed such magnanimity to man. Even though, He had passed judgment on the people of Judah, He still sent Jeremiah to give them a second chance to repent. Like He said in the text, God is ready at any point to forive any repentant sinner. We should also learn to forgive ourselves so as to be able to forgive those that sin against us.

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R Burow 7 years ago from Florida, United States


Good writing, and I love the picture of the apple tree. I did not know 'how the worm gets in the apple.' What a great object lesson.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author


Thank you and remember God KNOWS your Heart! He is your JOY!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author


You are right! GOD is a forgiving God! Remember

"HE gave HIS only Begotten SON for US!" What a POWERFUL demonstration of HIS LOVE!

You just need to be ready to give whatever or whoever it is to Him! Repentance Frees You to become the New Creation God wants you to be!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

R Burow,

Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed this, it is always

a pleasure!

Thank you for visiting


Tina Irene 7 years ago

DeBorrah K. Ogans,

This is an excellent hub article, from start to finish!

For example:

(1) "Periodically take a personal inventory." Nothing can replace this action. As a Catholic (not that this is "only for Catholics"), we are taught to conduct a daily self-examination, which I conduct during nightly prayers and in which I ask God for Ways to improve. And it never ceases to amaze me the Way(s) He has in store for us to improve. All we have to do is ask Him--"Ask and you shall receive"--as I'm sure you know.

(2) "As the Holy Spirit within you is activated, it will cleanse you from the inside out!"

He Will, absolutely!...and from the inside out, because the Kingdom of Heaven is within.

Also, the analogy of the apple and what's eating you is perfect!

In addition, I think ConstructionHero's comment is right on!...as well as Philipo's mention of my favorite prophet Jeremiah! In addition to Jeremiah, Christ says in The Lord's Prayer, "...forgive us our trespasses (debts) as we forgive our trespassers (debtors).

Bottom line: This is one heck of an excellent hub article! Thank you for writing it, DeBorrah K. Ogans.

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Gicky Soriano 7 years ago from California

DKO, the searching questions you field at the beginning of this article is truly helpful. I just love the "worm in the apple" illustration and the application you put forward is spot on solid. This hub is loaded and uplifting. Thank you.

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Cari Jean 7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

Excellent Hub! Resentment has been the one thing I've really had a hard time letting go of. But when I do let go -total freedom!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

Tina Irene,

Thank You!

We are on the same page here. The self examination is good because it keeps us in check. There is always room for improvement! The Holy Spirit does have cleansing power. Most believers don’t realize that the Holy Spirit is actually within them. Knowing this really makes all the difference in the world! You have a built in Comforter to Help you!

I am glad you enjoyed the apple analogy...

I am excited because its wonderful that you can see so clearly where I am coming from. Its been a pleasure! Thank you for taking the time to share as well


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

Gicky Soriano,

I wanted to present enough scenarios since it is different for each person. I wanted to provokde thought? I am glad those questions were helpful and you were uplifted. Thank You and come again it is always a pleasure!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

Cari Jean,

Thank You. Admitting to yourself that there is some bitterness is a Big step towards your Freedom. Just think about the Apple! Thank you for your honesty and your comments. Please come again


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jacobkuttyta 7 years ago from Delhi, India

Thanks for this wonderful hub.

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Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Well done, DeBorrah. It is great to get connected. Be blessed & encouraged in all your ministry efforts.

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Thank you and thank you for visiting as well! Please come back again!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

Ken R Abel,

Thank you and stay connected and encouraged as well!

Your open and honest comments are always Welcomed!


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Ebower 7 years ago from Georgia

awesome hub! Thanks for putting in Biblical truth! :D

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Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you as well!

Come again!


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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

It gives me Food for thought. Thanks for all the lovely messages you write for us. Regards, Elena.

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no body 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

Sister DeB, I can't imagine anyone holding resentment against you. You'd just smile and tilt your head like you do and completely make them forget what they were mad about. Seriously, this is a great hub. You had so many valid points. Tolerance mislabeled and unconditional love mislabeled are real eye openers. I don't think I do that but I if I look there may be times I do. Now look what you made me do - some work! Boy now I resent you! Oh I love you anyway. See how tolerant I am? Hugs hugs hugs!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

Lady E,

Thank you! That's the whole point I write "FOOD For THOUGHT" each morning so I will keep the proper focus! Life is precious and short.... It is my prayer to encourage others to live better Quality lives. Again Thank you; It is always a pleasure!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

NoBody ,

Thank You, Now That’s funny!

I am glad that you enjoyed it. Over the years I have counseled with many people from all walks of life concerning many subjects and very serious issues! This has really freed me to just be! Bitterness is not good.... So I try to address possible issues in a way which hopefully provokes thought?

My husband says I have this invisible sign on my back that says; “Ask her she will try to help you!” I have learned that Sometimes helping means not helping. Sometimes you have to step aside and say okay, but…. it also means saying, No! I believe as an adult you have the right to be wrong. But that does not make it right! I have learned that nothing gets by God before it comes our way! So I try to live by keeping Him as a part of my conversation. He knows what has happened, what is happening and what will be? So why not run it by Him first. God really does or can make a real difference in your life!

Nobody it is always a pleasure! I talk to you the same way I talk to one of my many brothers. It is always a pleasure. Hugs as well! Love & Blessings!

gwennies pen 7 years ago

good analogy about the worm growing from the inside...such as bitterness, etc.:)

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Gwennies pen,

Thank you for visiting!


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stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

What a wonderfull article and so very important to understand in our lives. Letting go of ingrained inner feelings of anger or rage would be a good thing, a great thing. Very thoughtful article designed to help people to cope with a serious problem. God Bless You.

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Thank you! Yes it is very important to "get better instead of bitter." Anger and rage really only work against you and causes inner conflict. Finding healthy ways to relieve and resolve anger issues is so much healthier.

Life is precious too much time wasted holding on to anger instead when a person could really be enjoying life! The beautiful thing about God is; He really does already know. He really can make all the difference in the world. Thank you so much for visiting.


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vanderhaven 7 years ago

Wow, I must say -- I thoroughly enjoyed reading this hub. I usually have a lot to say when I comment and when I write my own hubs and this time I am still just sitting here dwelling on your words so much that mine have become silent! (That's prob. a good thing -LOL ) I feel that this is a very inspired hub and your words are boldly spoken with such TRUTH. I can't wait to go read more of your hubs. Thanks !!

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Thank you! I am glad that you have enjoyed this. Your heartfelt opinion is appreciated. Feel free to add your comments. Perhaps, next time? LOL Thank you for taking the time to stop by and please come again. You are welcome!!


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myownworld 7 years ago from uk

very moving and heart felt. one can really feel your passion in this....and the hope you give to people in their weaker moments. thank you for sharing...

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Thank you for your heartfelt comments as well. I am so glad that you took the time and stopped by to visit. Please come again!


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TimeHealsAll 7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Your actions, thoughts and emotions can be transformed from bitterness to forgiveness. This is a wonderful hub DeBorrah! God is so good!!!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

TimeHealsAll, Yes, through forgiveness we can become better instead of bitter! Thank you for stopping by and do come again! Blessings!

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fits4life 6 years ago from Richmond

This is an important hub because many of us do not realize that forgiveness is healing for us. It sets us free, and makes us feel a weight being lifted. Sometimes we need to forgive ourselves for things,as well as others. It is the only way to move on. Thank you for this powerful hub.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Fits4life, YES! Forgiveness is very important to one's wellbeing! YES! again you are right it is "the only way to move on!" You are quite welcome and Thank You for visiting and sharing, Blessings!

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Marliza Gunter 5 years ago from South Africa

I had a strange dream and understood some of the meaning, then I saw this hub...now I know what the dream was telling me... and you also gave the answer on how to handle the situation... thanks for your timely hub, it's like you knew someone out there needed this clarification.. :)

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

Marliza, So glad that this was helpful in helping you discover the meaning of your dream... The Lord knows what we need and when. We never know who will be touched when we write. Thank you for the confirmation! You are so welcome! Thank you for stopping by to share! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless YOU!

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sweetie1 5 years ago from India

Hi deborrah, to be accepted, appreciated and all those emotions are with every living being with brain, even your dog wants it. I liked your hub..voting it up and clicking beautiful.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

Sweetie, Welcome & God Bless You! Thank You for sharing your thoughts! So glad that you enjoyed this! As always, Thank You for stopping by to share! In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings!

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HealthyHanna 5 years ago from Utah

I must add my "Amen" to your article. Thanks you, and God Bless.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

HealthyHanna, You are so welcome! Your "AMEN!" is welcomed and appreciated! Thank You for stopping by to share, Please do come again! Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!

noni seo 5 years ago

thank you for posting it..i have to say that lately,im involve with something i call teroris..someone has hi-jack my Pc, my hanphone,even my Tv..as if they wanted to find out how we live our daily live..and i can't believe it when they mocked at God..i feel like they are watching me, i felt like they controlled my electronic tools..that made me so upset and angry..how could someone dare to tresspass my private teritory..i can't even pray in my own room,sometimes i have to go outside and sitting alone in a quite place to pray..i call them antichrist..and i pray for them..and it's not that all,they attacked me with somekind of voodoo..some relatives pray for me and told me to fight it..i need some support in prayers that they will soon leave me alone,so i can continue live my normal live..

i really appriciate ,that you gave the topic,i want to end it..i can't let this things eat me..i pray and i forgive and that help me so much..

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

noni seo, You are so welcome! Be encouraged! No doubt you have a dilemma... The new technology is great! However, it also makes it a lot easier for many to impose upon your privacy! There is no need to worry when you KNOW that you are not doing anything wrong! Just report it to the authorities that may or may not confirm if it is so…

There is no power greater than The LORD so continue in prayer and meditating on His WORD and seeking HIS direction! 1st chapter of Ephesians is where you can find Great Encouragement! GOD is with you & despite whatever goes on KNOW GOD has EVERYTHING and EVERYONE under His control! In HIS time HE WILL work this out! TRUST GOD! Don’t give the enemy the satisfaction of frustrating you…. “Greater is HE that is in you than he that is in the world….”

Thank you for sharing, in HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! GOD BLESS YOU!

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jesusmyjoy 5 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

just amazing

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

JesusmyJoy! GOD BLESS YOU!

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