BITTERNESS -Hebrews 12:15

Bitterness is a form of anger toward God and others that brings despair of soul. It is a hatred of others and a lack of forgiveness of their wrongs, whether those wrongs are real or perceived. Our bitterness grieves that situations have not been made “right” according to our own expectations. Bitterness causes us to miss out on God’s grace in daily life, and it spreads trouble to others (Heb. 12:15). Contrary to bitterness are joy, love, and meekness.

BITTERNESS in the heart says such things as: “I want others to suffer for their wrongs against me.” “I hate them.” “God has done wrong to me.” “I can’t get over this….”

Here Comes The Judge

download“Jesus’ instructions with regard to judging others is very simply put; He says, ‘Don’t.’ Stop having a measuring stick for other people. There is always at least one more fact, which we know nothing about, in every person’s situation. If I see a speck in your eye, it means that I have a plank of timber in my own. I have never met a person I could despair of, or lose all hope for, after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God.” –Oswald Chambers

My POV: It kills me when Christians say, “We are not judging, we are using discernment.” That is one of the stupidest statement I’ve ever heard; since anyone with a modicum of intelligence knows that ‘to discern’ is synonymous with ‘TO JUDGE’!

Jesus DID NOT say ANYTHING about discerning the lives of others AND He said EVERYTHING about discerning what’s wrong in our OWN lives. Jesus basically talked about working out our OWN Salvation. Christians MUST learn to stay in their own lanes. The Discernment excuse is just another BACKDOOR to give ourselves permission to judge others. Jesus NEVER condemned, discerned or judged anyone…. oh he didn’t have time for that since he was busy, loving, forgiving, healing, feeding and communing with them.

I love how Julie Anna Chalaph expressed it;
“Galations 6:2 actually says that “Bearing one another’s burdens” is fulfilling the law, which I totally agree with. The context is also about loving a brother SO much that you care about him enough to walk through his struggle with him. NOT point out each time he sins or “warning” him that he is going to go to hell. Big difference. It’s about relationship, not looking for specs.”

Anchoring Your Soul

The God of Christianity is not a frivolous God. He is not given to caprice or arbitrary acts of violence. His actions are not irrational expressions or whims. We do not know why at a given place or a given time natural catastrophes take place. Easy equations of guilt and disaster are ruled out by statements in the book of Job and the ninth chapter of John’s gospel. When inexplicable disasters occur, we must say with Luther, “Let God be God.”

When Job cried out, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21b), he was not trying to sound pious or give superficial praise to God. He was biting his lip and gripping his stomach as he sought to remain faithful to God in the midst of unmitigated anguish. But Job knew who God was and cursed Him not.

Whatever else this world is, it is fallen. Suffering is inseparably related to sin. That is not to say that all suffering is a direct result of sin or that there is a measurable ratio between an individual’s suffering and his sin (Job and John 9 militate against such thinking). However, suffering belongs to the complex of sin. As long as this world suffers from the violence of men, it returns such violence in kind. Scripture often personifies nature as being angry with its human master and exploiter. Instead of dressing, keeping, and replenishing the earth, we exploit it and pollute it.

The world is not yet redeemed. We look for a new heaven and a new earth. We yearn for a land without tempest, flood, or earthquake. Such yearning provides a hope that is an anchor for the soul.

Coram deo: Living before the face of God

Is your soul anchored to the biblical hope of the future, the new heaven and earth, where there will be no more sin and suffering?

-R.C. Sproul