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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Bitterness Can Steal Your Joy

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Don’t let your fresh servings spoil by letting bitterness seep in!

            According to author Crystal McDowell:

“A bitter spirit can happen to any one of us if we aren’t careful. A bitter root can grow subtly in our hearts long before the fruit of it rises to the surface. Unresolved anger, an unforgiving attitude, resentment, jealousy, and continued disappointment are just a few of life’s struggles that cause us to plunge into bitterness."

What is the remedy for a bitter spirit?  It’s the healing balm of the Word of God. We should slather the “oil of joy” onto our hearts every chance we get! It’s a healer; it will allow the love, joy, and peace of the Holy Spirit to shine through us.  

Look at the following verses: 

  •  Psalm 51:10: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” 
  •   Proverbs 28:13:  “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” 
  • Colossians 3:13:  “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
                Let’s meditate on these verses; may we ask God to help us recognize and get rid of our bitterness and replace it with His joy.

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