Bitterness can Separate You From God – Newsletter 1/28/2014
Did you know the biggest cause for feeling separation from God’s love is bitterness? It can be bitterness towards God, others or even self. Today I want to look at bitterness towards others. Some times it is hard to forgive someone who may have hurt intentionally or even cruel and evil. You feel deep hurt so deep it almost suffocates you. You want to forgive and try to and cannot get there. The Lord sees your heart and knows you are trying even though a person can struggle with bitterness towards another. That is God’s grace giving you a measure of time to work through it. If man could be perfect the Lord God would have never sent His Son to die on the cross. We desperately need His help.
1 John 4:1 “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”
We have a choice to be in the spirit and in His marvelous light; but if you refuse to forgive out of disobedience, then a person is choosing the flesh and walking in darkness.
The good news is the Lord stand in front of you with His arms open wide waiting for you to make it right. Even Peter asked how many times should we forgive (Matthew 18:16). Jesus said in verse 22 “Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” Then Jesus told a parable about the debt owed. Matthew 18:23 – 35.
The devil lives by a different law from God. He is an executor of the law and so when we choose not to forgive, then the enemy has a right to torment you. In Matthew 18:30 he said “30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.” When we refuse to forgive, we can expect trouble from the kingdom of darkness. Even blocks from feeling the presence of God.
I can remember the Lord told me to forgive someone in my life many years ago and I said “no way that I would rather rot in hell then forgive what this person did to me.” I even shook my fist at God as I said those words. Well, I felt the hands of the demonic world pulling me down into the dungeon of tormented. I thought I was going to lose my mind. I used to go around saying “I am so cursed.” Nothing was going well in my life. Everything that could go bad did. When I finally submitted to forgive this evil person, I was stuck and had to go through deliverance. I had lived so long in bitterness and needed help. My mind was set free through deliverance to release this person. I was released from the prison of torment and things turned around for me.
Some of you have had evil abusive parents. How are you to honor evil parents to have long life? The Lord gave me a revelations to honor your parents in one area – give honor that that they gave you life.
I learned to forgive quickly. My favorite saying when someone hurts me is to forgive before the “crow gets cold.” Meaning, much easier to forgive quickly then when bitterness has time to grow roots deep into your heart which allows the pain to set in your chest like heaviness, oppression, depression.
You are only hurting yourself holding onto bitterness, unforgiveness, resentment, retaliation, hatred, violence and hatred with the tongue. Isn’t it time to forgive and be free from mental and physical anguish?