The Root Of Bitterness

Hebrews 12:14-15 (Program 2236, Air date 02.03.2013)

  1. THE GERMINATION OF BITTERNESS 
    1. Colossians 3:19
    2. The seed of bitterness is a hurt.
      1. The hurt may be intentional.
      2. The hurt may be unintentional.
      3. The hurt may be imagined.
      4. The hurt may be God’s chastisement. 
        1. Hebrews 12:5-11
    3. The soil of bitterness is a heart that harbors hostility.
  1. THE DEVASTATION OF BITTERNESS  (Hebrews 12:15)
    1. The root of bitterness is underground and easy to hide.
      1. Characteristics of a bitter person
        1. Very sensitive
        2. Has little or no gratitude
        3. Will harshly criticize or vainly flatter
        4. Holds grudges
        5. Mood swings
    2. The fruit of bitterness 
      1. Hebrews 12:15
      2. It will affect you physically.
      3. It will affect you emotionally.
        1. Proverbs 15:17
      4. It will affect you spiritually. 
        1. Hebrews 12:14
      5. Bitterness has a chain reaction.
        1. Ephesians 4:26, 30-31
          1. Bitterness
          2. Wrath
          3. Anger
          4. Clamor
            1. James 3:6
          5. Evil speaking
          6. Malice
  1. THE ERADICATION OF BITTERNESS
    1. Let God reveal it. 
      1. Psalm 139:23-24
      2. Jeremiah 17:9
    2. Let grace remove it.
      1. Hebrews 12:15
    3. Let good replace it. 
      1. Hebrews 12:14
    4. Ephesians 2:8

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