Cutline – BITTERNESS
Bitterness starts as a small element either in the heart or mind of somebody. As we live on earth we need to come to terms with the fact that we are all different, we see things differently hence we cannot be the same. There are times we are hurt by friends and brothers knowingly or unknowingly. Whenever we are hurt, we need to work hard towards making sure that we don`t hold it within ourselves. A small misunderstanding can cause a long term hatred for many years yet it started as a mere argument over something. Bitterness is not a harmless little fault, it can really cause a great trouble between people. It brings burning resentment, an angry negative, hostile spirit. When this takes center stage the heart of good relationship between people is corroded by the acidity in bitterness. Can we picture a story of people who are twin brothers disagreed over a small ball made of polythene papers while they played together in their early ages and have never sought reconciliation and now fourty years later they have not ate a meal together or greeted each other yet they live adjacent to each other in fact their houses are separated by a common fence. They are now family men yet they can`t afford a minute together. Bitterness is always seen as a very small thing nut it brings with itself jealousy, bickering and controversy, it is an issue of tremendous proportions. We have no reason to lodge bitterness in our hearts.
Hebrews 12 ; 15 “See to it that no one falls short of God’s grace; that no root of resentment springs up and causes trouble, and by it many be defiled”.
There are many people who harbor resentment in many different ways it involves one person against another, one family against another, and the feelings of bitterness are about old wounds. The disagreements are sometimes over misunderstandings over inheritance money, over theological convictions or jealousy over things that fifty years from now will be meaningless like the polythene made ball. may God deliver us from being bitter and resentful. May He help us to refuse bitterness invade our lives.