Are You Simply Hurt or in Bitterness?
One tool the Devil uses to deny Christians the full enjoyment of our inheritance is bitterness. Bitterness is subtle, but very deadly. It does not just happen, but results from unresolved hurts. Many people carry hurtful feelings in their hearts against loved ones, friends, members of their families, churches, pastors, etc, but they fail to do anything about their feelings. To have a strong feeling about something or to be hurt by another’s action may not be wrong, but how you handle such harmless feelings is extremely important. As harmless as the feeling of hurt may be, if it is not handled well, it sinks the individual harbouring that feeling into a deeper state – the state of bitterness – which becomes a stronghold.
An excerpt from ‘The Purpose of the storm’
The circumstances of my life have brought the implications of Isa 43:2-3a very much alive to me: ‘When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you. When you pass through fire, you will not be burned; the hard trials that come will not hurt you. For I am the LORD your God’ (GNB). God did not promise to remove every fire or raging waters or the troubles before we get there; He promised to GO THROUGH WITH US to ensure that they do not destroy us. The righteous may indeed go through storms, but if we can rely on God, He will be available to deliver us from them ALL: Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but Jehovah delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken (Ps 34:20-21a).