So I have been hurt, you have been hurt, everyone has been hurt. I find my most hurtful memories (for the most part) were not done deliberately. Bitterness is grown when that hurt festers. And as I reflected on this topic, I realized my bitterness (or hurt) stems from the difference between what I thought I “received” and what I expected…. So another words- bitterness is all on me and only me. Ouch!
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.Hebrews 12:14-15 (NIV)
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.Psalm 51:10 (NIV)
Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.Proverbs 14:10 (NIV)
Next week: ABCs of 2020: Challenges.