Bitterness, It's Cause and Effect
Bitterness and the Unforgiving Heart
Everyday we see examples of behavior that is hard to explain or understand. For instance, do you remember the old man who would yell, "Get out of my yard!" Each time you walked across his yard? Some people just go through live full of bitterness, which is a result of an unforgiving heart. People who are unwilling to forgive wake in the morning offended. They're displeased with everyday life, you will also find that this type of person tends to be self-righteous, thankless, unhappy and unwilling to give.
The bible has much to say about bitterness, anger and resentment. One example I can think of off the top of my head is in Exodus 14, Pharaoh led his army to destruction when he pursued the children of Israel into the Red sea. He could have just let them go and been done with it but no, bitterness in Pharaoh's heart caused him to lead his army to destruction, of course unintentionally.
God's wisdom (in the bible) is given as revelation to us so that we can live a blessed life. The Lord has a wonderful plan for your life but bitterness will prevent the seed of God's word from bearing fruit. In other words, bitterness will prevent one from realizing their full potential.
If Satan can cause you to walk through life felling offended he's got you right where he wants you, on the road to ruin. Anger and loss of peace (bitterness) are the consequences of unforgiveness.
I'm not talking about a bad day, we all have days when somebody offends us, whether through slander, disrespect or another offensive act directed towards us. I'm talking about having an aura of bitterness that has an effect on your everyday attitude. Learn to get over it, because each offense will stick with you, scaring the heart. It has an effect similar to interest, compounded daily and finally you'll become enslaved.
Kingdom of God vs. This World's Kingdoms
You may or may not know that there is a conflict between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of this world. If you're not careful, you can get caught between the two kingdoms.
How you can avoid becoming caught in the middle of these two kingdoms is by focusing on the kingdom of God and side stepping the kingdom of this world, "Olay!" A bullfighter would say.
If you or someone you know suffers from bitterness, which is the effect of unforgiveness, I highly suggest that they get over it before it's too late.
Listen, this world's kingdoms are fading away, there is coming a time when everything will be shaken to the core (heaven and earth). In the kingdom of God, there is always abundance and there will always be an abundance. My advice to you is this... Stand on the Word of God, because everything else is perishing.
Here is an interesting footnote; Ancient prophecies such as the ones found in the book of Daniel are more relevant today than ever before.
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