Bitter Never Made Anything Better…

3ADCEDD2-A8FC-4C29-9E97-DCDB8A180620For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
This is my life verse. The one I surround myself with daily in many ways. Including my bathroom wall, a bracelet I wear, and tucked inside my heart. Deep down where no one can take it from me. It’s the verse that gets me through when I’m tempted to become bitter. Truth is some would probably agree that I have some legit reasons to be bitter. Especially the enemy and my human flesh. Can you relate to that at all?
Most of us have something that we could be bitter about. Here’s the thought God put in my head this morning though. “Being bitter has never made anything better only worse.” Bitterness has a way of destroying our good moments because we are too single focused on what we are bitter about to see them. Bitterness also blinds us to Gods goodness. Think about it. If all we only ever focus on is what we have lost, what we haven’t been given, or how others have what we desire, we don’t have anymore time or energy to devote to all that is in our life. And if we are never focusing on the good, how can we ever believe or trust that God is a good God. We are only connecting Him to the “don’t haves” in our lives. That’s what the enemy wants us to do. And we gladly give him just what he wants. And social media I believe is the Devils new playground. Nothing can get me more focused on how much another person has than social media can. I have to be very careful at times. See, once the enemy can get our focus on being bitter, he knows we will blame God. Most of us do at some point if we are honest. And if we blame God then why would we follow Him? Why would we look for Him in our lives? Here’s why that’s so dangerous to us.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and will bring you back from captivity…” (Jeremiah 29:13-14) If we stop seeking God, or stop even a small portion of our heart from seeking Him due to bitterness, we won’t find him. And if we don’t find Him, He can’t rescue us. He can’t bring us back from our feelings of hurt, anger, and other intense emotions. He can’t help bring our heart back to life after a loss. He can’t whisper those I will redeem and restore you messages to our hearts and minds. We block off so many blessings from God when we let bitterness win. Feeling twinges of bitterness will happen. It’s human nature. It’s what we do with those feelings that matters. I am learning to take them straight to God. To lay my feelings right at His feet so we can work them out together. It’s why I keep Jeremiah 29:11 around me, so I can hear those sweet whispers of Gods love for me. Maybe you have a different verse that speaks to you. Share it with me in the comment section. I’d love to read it!
My hope today is that these words will first show you that you are not alone in this. Another thing that enemy loves to do is make you and I believe we are the only ones struggling with anything. I Promise you you are not! I myself have to keep this in check at least 3 times a week. Again, that’s where Gods word comes in handy. Satan can’t out lie Gods truth. We have to know what that truth is though. Secondly, if you don’t have a life verse. One you can go to that soothes you through your difficult times, what you struggle with most. I hope you will find one. Just Google “Bible verses for…” and type in what you struggle with most. I’m sure you will find one that truly speaks to your heart. Carry that verse with you at all times. And lastly, I hope that these words will show you, or remind you, that God loves you. That He hasn’t forgotten you. That He has plans for you. That He isn’t mad at you, even when you give into bitterness. That He wants to bless your life. That He wants to give you a better life. Your best life. That He wants nothing less than His best for you, His child. That God is indeed a good good father.

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