You May Not Realize You're Bitter

Beware of Subtle Forms of Bitterness

Recently, I realized I was bitter. 

Typically, I think of a bitter person as gritting their teeth with hatred and being guilty of epicaricacy

That’s definitely the worst stage of bitterness. 

But there are lesser forms of bitterness that manifest as sadness, discouragement, irritability, and negativity. If we don’t deal with them, they can turn into the grit-your-teeth kind. 

Some more subtle signs of bitterness:

1. Thinking about the offense often.(1)

2. Having arguments with the offender in our thoughts. 

3. Repeatedly referring to our offense in conversations. 

4. Making sarcastic remarks about our offender. 

So how did I determine to deal with my bitterness? 

1. Every time I think of the offense, I’ll pray for my offender. 
Matthew 5:43-48
See Set Your Mind or Set Your Alarm.

2. When a thought about the offense enters my mind, I’ll recite or read Scripture. 

2 Corinthians 10:3-5
See 3 Ways to Take Your Thoughts Captive.

3. Once I’ve shared the offense with my prayer partner, I won’t repeatedly talk about it.

Philippians 4:8-9
See Overcoming Negativity

4. I won’t make sarcastic or caustic remarks about the person.

Colossians 4:6
See If You Can't Say Anything Nice, Do What Mom Said.

If you have a problem with bitterness, I encourage you to deal with it now.

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(1) See The Power of Negative Self-Talk

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Beware of Subtle Forms of Bitterness
 

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