Like Drinking Poison

“We harm no one through bitterness as much as we harm ourselves. Someone told me, “Bitterness is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” In the face of evil and suffering, responding to God or others with bitterness, distrust, accusations bears no good fruit. Responding in honest brokenness and turning to God in submission, faith, and trust yields untold riches of peace and comfort.” - Randy Alcorn, If God is Good, page 425

If there’s one thing to think of today, please focus on this. Bitterness is like drinking poison. Your hate and anger will only harm you. The poison will spread throughout killing everything that made you a good friend or a good family member. Instead of people enjoying your company, they will talk about how once you were someone filled with light and love.

Don’t let the seed of anger when it first falls from the flowering weed to germinate in your soul. Don’t let it establish roots and take over until no one can recognize you anymore. Today think of the people in your life that have angered and hurt you and release it to God. Let Him handle your hurts. Let Him seal the wound on your heart with His sacrifice on the cross.

Then, answer this question from the same book (If God is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil):

“How many of us fail to express gratitude for those ordinary days, wishing instead for something better? If you’ve had a single ordinary day recently, why not thank God for it? Don’t wait for an extraordinary day when you feel wonderful and everything goes your way. That day may not come. And if it does, God’s hand will be no more in it than in all your other days.” - Page 413; Randy Alcorn; If God is Good; Multinomah

Fight unforgiveness by telling God what you are grateful for in your situation. Ask Him to help you forgive and let go. The true path to freedom is by unshackling your soul from the past and taking those first steps forward into your future. It’s by giving others the same mercy He gave you when He sent His Son to the cross for your sins.

Finish this sentence: I am grateful for ________________ in spite of ___________ .

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. – Luke 9:23

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3 thoughts on “Like Drinking Poison

  1. Pingback: Bitterness: Drinking Poison and Wishing Someone Else Dies | Social Behavioral Patterns–How to Understand Culture and Behaviors

  2. Sometimes it’s hard to forgive and not be bitter when the original offense keeps being repeated. But, you are right, you are hurting yourself through it. True forgiveness takes a lot of work, compared to that insincere oh-of-course-I-forgive-because-I’m-not-a-jerk-like-you thing. But it is worth it.

    • It is worth it and that in itself will change your life. Forgiveness is also divine. I believe that because I know in my own life without God I wouldn’t have been able to forgive and move forward.

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