Bitterness springs up when we focus our attention on the failure of someone else and zone in on how it has hurt us. It creeps in and paralyzes our ability to be thankful. We become like the ugliness which hurt us. Bitterness builds a gulf of unthankfulness, and makes fools out of us!!! The Bible says:

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans‬ ‭1:21-22‬)

Bitterness can only grow in an unthankful heart. When our heart is in a constant state of thankfulness towards God for who He is and all He has done for us, then when someone offends us, the ground of our heart has no space for weeds of bitterness because it is too full of the flowers of God’s goodness. Why would we ever make a place in our heart for ugly weeds? Well, it’s when our heart is darkened by failing to acknowledge God and thank Him. Then we become the fool who constantly re-opens the gash in our arm because we think it will hurt the person who cut us!   

When you’re hurt and you feel those seeds of bitterness start to implant themselves in your heart, plant some flowers of thankfulness to commemorate all that God is doing and has done for you. Meditate on God’s greatness, love and wisdom—and plant the fruits of His Spirit in your heart. There is no friend that you have who is like Him! Allow thankfulness to plant the garden of your heart so there is no space for even one seed of bitterness.    

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