Bitterness is a Spiritual Cancer

Bitterness, bitterness is like cancer, Psalm 119:11, Colossians 3:12-17
Cancer is a growth of abnormal cells that often grows and spreads uncontrollably. It gets its name from the Latin word for crab "because of the crab-like tenacity a malignant tumor sometimes seems to show in grasping the tissues it invades.” (MedicineNet)

Did you know you can have spiritual cancer? I know because I’ve had it before. It’s called bitterness.

Bitterness starves healthy emotions, disfigures thinking and strangles love and compassion. Left untreated, it always metastasizes. It’s never satisfied, always seeking more to destroy.

But God has provided a wonderful form of “chemotherapy” that attacks only the bitterness, never the healthy cells.
Psalm 119:11 says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin…”
Strong, repeated doses of God’s Word injected into our hearts (pondered, studied, memorized, trusted) fight the disease of bitterness.

Suggested memory verse for bitterness: Colossians 3:12-17.
© copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011
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