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Freeways | Part 4: Living Bitter-Free!
July 25, 2020

Freeways | Part 4: Living Bitter-Free!

July 25, 2020

Hebrews 12:15 (NLT)
Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.

 

[1] Roots of bitterness are to us and those around us!

 

  • Bitterness is toxic to relationships!

 

  • Bitterness is toxic to our physical health!

 

  • Bitterness is toxic to seeing and seizing new opportunities!

 

  • Bitterness is spiritually toxic!

 

Hebrews 12:15 (CEB)

Make sure that no one misses out on God’s grace. Make sure that no root of bitterness grows up that might cause trouble and pollute many people.

 

[2] Bitter roots eventually produce bitter

 

Matthew 7:16 (NLT)
You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act.

 

#1 – How often do I mentally replay past hurts and offenses?

 

1 Corinthians 13:5 (NLT)
Lovekeeps no record of being wronged.

 

#2 – Do I verbally unload and explode on a regular basis?

 

Romans 3:14 (NIV)

Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.

 

Luke 6:45 (NIV)

For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

 

#3 – Do I have some physical problems that medications aren’t improving or curing?

 

#4 – Am I hanging out with a bitter tribe?

 

Deuteronomy 29:18 (CEV)
Make sure that everyone in your tribe remains faithful to the LORD … if even one of you worships idols, you will be like the root of a plant that produces bitter, poisonous fruit.

 

1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV)

Bad (bitter) company corrupts good character!

 

[3] Living bitter-free requires learning how to biblically and rightly

 

#1 – We overcome bitterness by

 

#2 – We overcome bitterness by implementing a -bitterness policy!

 

Ephesians 4:31-32 (NLT)
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

 

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