Just a brief thought for the day.
A friend once told me that every negative emotion is rooted in the opposite of love, which is fear. Think about it. When love is lacking, what remains?
Bitterness. It’s a creeping monster that ekes it’s way into your being when you’re not really paying attention. It begins as disappointment, moves to envy then jealousy, is maybe peppered with some anger, then finally moves into bitterness. I see it so much, and I’ve felt it at many times in my life, especially this year. Bitterness is fear. Perhaps the fear that things won’t work out in the end, or even that God has forgotten you. When things don’t turn out the way you want or plan for and you can’t see that there is another way God will accomplish His plan, bitterness quite easily settles in and forms into your shape so that you lose yourself.
You become the bitterness. It oozes out of every pore, in every word, thought, and action.
Has bitterness settled in your spirit? Ask someone else if they see it in your life (that is, if you haven’t alienated all of your friends with your bitterness). And prepare to be embittered by their answer. But know that you will be a better person, a better Christian, and much more fun to be around if you listen and decide to change.