Bitterness That Comes from Pride

Bitterness That Comes from Pride


By Bible Love Notes

Bitterness is like venom

Sometimes we’re “bitten” with bitterness because we’ve been genuinely mistreated, but sometimes we’re bitter because we refuse to admit we’re wrong.

A bitter woman blames her parents for their difficult relationship instead of acknowledging her ungratefulness and disrespect.

A bitter employee blames his boss for being unreasonable instead of acknowledging his irresponsibility and rebellious attitude.

A bitter woman blames her friend for their broken relationship instead of acknowledging her critical spirit and pride. 

Bitter people damage relationships and blame other people for the damage. 

Bitterness doesn’t discuss. It accuses.

It doesn’t repent. It excuses

It pouts instead of listening. 

It cuts off contact instead of forgiving

That’s why Scripture exhorts us:

“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness, no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” Hebrews 12:14-15  

We don’t have to approve or agree with everyone, but we are commanded to forgive others and treat them kindly. In fact, our handling of differences reveals the quality of our faith (Proverbs 24:10).

Romans 12 is a great “antivenom” for all types of bitterness, whether it comes from mistreatment or pride. 

Extra resource: See the Romans 12 Devotional Series to better understand the helpful advice found in that chapter. In addition, each of the highlighted words in this devotion connects to a 1-minute devotion related to the subject. 

Bitterness always justifies itself. This 1-minute devotion shares the ways bitterness destroys and offer the Bible's antivenom to combat it.

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