Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Dealing With Bitterness by Gail Purath

When dealing with an especially hard case of bitterness, I daily recited this list:
  1. I will quit looking for answers unless/until God wants to give them.
  2. I give up my desire for closure and justice here on earth.
  3. I give up my desire to see my offender change or care.
  4. When unproductive thoughts overtake me, I will bless my offender in prayer and with appropriate action.
  5. I will not listen to/accept false blame from Satan.
  6. Instead, I will listen to God’s conviction and ask Him to remind me of the good in my life and in this situation.
  7. I release all bitterness by the power of God’s Spirit because I cannot do it on my own.
  8. And I do these things because I love Christ and owe Him my life.
If you or someone you know is dealing with bitterness, perhaps this list will help.
Bitterness destroys, but God restores!
copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011
Scripture references for each point on the list:
1, 2, 3 = Philippians 2:5-8
4 = Romans 12:14, 17-21
5 = 1 Peter 5:8,9
6 = Conviction of sin:1 John 1:9; 2 Timothy 3:16,17; Good in our lives: Philippians 4:8; Good in bad situations: Romans 8:28.
7 = Ephesians 3:20,21; Philippians 4:13
8 = John 10:10,11; 1 Corinthians 6:20

Gail writes a one-minute devotion like the one above each weekday on her site Bible Love Notes. Look below for 6 examples and click on any that sound interesting!

1 comment:

  1. This is excellent advice! I need to print this out and post it on my desk.


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