The Deadly Root of Bitterness

January 12, 2010

I've been doing a lot of thinking about bitterness lately, so I did some digging into what the word bitterness means and what it can do to a Christian and their relationship with God, friends, and family.


Did you know that bitterness is one of the most devastating mental problems in a person’s life, especially for a Christian? When we, as Christians, are bitter we loose the close fellowship with Christ and thwart our relationship with the Lord. Bitterness makes us ineffective for Christ, causing the blessings that Christ wishes to bestow on us to dwindle, such as the blessings of emotional stability, peace, and joy. A devastating mental attitude of sin, bitterness triggers a broad range of other sins, like: hatred, cruelty, antagonism, self-pity, jealousy, implacability, vengeful desires and arrogance.


When we are bitter we open the doors to the enemy! Allowing yourself to become bitter with unfortunate circumstances—big or small—is like consciously allowing the Devil control your life. When you let bitterness consume you, it will begin to affect everything around you. Think of bitterness like a vine with deep roots. You’ve got to catch the growth of that vine as soon as you can before it covers everything and its roots become too deep! Don’t let bitterness cover up your effectiveness for Christ.

"See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many." Hebrews 12:15
The effects that bitterness has on a person is immense, not only does is hurt us spiritually, cause us to loose sight of the Lord and cause us to make irrational decisions, but it also has an affect on our health. When we refuse to forgive the ones who have hurt us deeply, whether it is friends, strangers, or family, we are most likely the ones who will pay most dearly for the bitterness we are harboring. Anxiety attacks, heart palpitations, etc., can be a mild result of a health issue that may occur. It is best to avoid these common health issues and other underlying issues by learning to slow down, forgive, and find peace in the Lord. Being bitter about hard and seemingly hopeless trials Christ sends our way only diminishes the truly wonderful spiritual bond between you and God.
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." James 1:2-4
God send us trials to produce endurance! How amazing. Endurance keeps us strong, agile and trusting in Gods ability to do all things. God has given us the gift of grace—a gift that continues to abound in and through us. Forgiving and surrendering is such a hard task to accomplish without the Lord guiding our heart and soul, so if you ever feel the deep, enchanting power of bitterness overcome you, remember that God is always there to help you through the tough trials that he has places upon you. We can overcome bitterness because when we overcome bitterness, the reward is the joy of fellowship with our Lord Jesus.

4 comments

  1. Hey Emily,

    I just read a bit of the top part, and Im like, ive so gotta read that post. but, urggg, right now -- like, NOW -- I have to go on a vacation... but I'll be backk to read it (remind me please? :)) and btw, this is the last blog I checked before I left, lolz, so ur special :)

    Libby xxx

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  2. Awe! *Blushes* You are so sweet!

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