Because we are in Christ, we should already know what to do when we feel this way and if we don’t know or remember at that moment, we got the word of God here to show us and remind us who we are. Even when we’re going through that bitterness that seems to like to take root and grow, we must remember that Jesus wasn’t like that at all with those he encountered. So, we should rise about the bitterness that we may feel at anytime.
It isn’t easy, because we have a sinful nature that still resides inside us that is contrary to the Spirit of God that is in us. It’s constantly doing battle for control of our bodies and when we are bitter, we are actually fueling the fire so to speak, because the flesh is just eating it up that we are actually feeling this way and allowing ourselves to do so.
“The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” according to Jesus in Matt 26:21 and Paul goes into detail about what is going on and how we ought to live by the Spirit in Gal 5:13-26.
Life by the Spirit
13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want.
18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
We’ve also been told to “Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you.” Believe me, I’ve been having issues of bitterness lately too and it’s not cool. But praise be to God because, I’ve actually been turning to him, instead of working on the issue on my own.
This past weekend, the United States and probably the world, learned that Trayvon Martin’s killer George Zimmerman was found not guilty. Even though most people expected for justice to be served, by having this guy found guilty of murdering a teenager; we still cannot allow our feelings to dictate the next course of action. I myself was dumbfounded, but I knew that God is still in control and we need to let him handle it and handle it in his way. Man may fail, but God is forever true and just and victorious over all the evils of this world.
Bitterness is just an emotion, but because it’s main connection is hate, anger, and resentment and when that escalates to it’s main connection, is when it become serious and sinful. So, Bitterness is a sin, but only because of what it can lead to. The point is to nip it in the bud (I’m preaching to myself as I type this) and not let it go into sin by reacting on that bitterness in a sinful way.
Bitterness leads to anger
Anger leads to Hate.
Hate leads to Sin.
Sin leads to Death.
Take care,In Jesus name,
P.S. My heart goes out to the family of Trayvon Martin and I pray that you will seek comfort in God continuously and trust in the fact that God knows your pain and anger, but please trust him to do what he needs to do.