The tragedy is magnified when the clearly mapped paths to restoration are not taken and others are either drawn into crippling bitterness or become worn out in the mis-directed efforts of trying to appease the insatiable demands of chronic carriers of perceived victimization.
Jesus laid down his life so that we would not have to take up a cross of our own making, one of self-pity, personal insecurity, and perhaps the heaviest of all, the LIE that says that we are helpless to put fallacious self pity and personal bitterness to death in Christ.
When we are emotionally drawn to the precipice, the Holy Spirit pleads with us to give ear to saving truth, rather than plunging into a destructive free fall into hell's cesspool of bitterness and self-pity.
Bitterness is virulent and un-sequestered, presenting real danger to the vulnerable, exposed to its poisonous influence.
Bitterness disregards and shows contempt toward precious things. First and most tragically, it scoffs at and dismisses the price that Jesus Christ paid for our total redemption when he died to set us free from every hate-filled and hell sent lie.
Others, are not called to coddle self-absorbed and self-destructive attitudes and behaviors that grow from the root of personal bitterness.
When the heart provides soil for the root of bitterness to grow in and to bear its awful fruit, there is little concern for those who are younger or weaker in faith, the skeptics, seekers, or even toward loved ones who are exposed to the infectious reach of bitterness.
In bitterness, one suffers from self-inflicted wounds and coerces others to join in the suffering, caring little that they too have their own personal challenges.
Children are forced to watch the terrible theater performed with vitriol contempt being spewed relentlessly across the landscape through unceasing personal grievance.
THERE IS HOPE:
The grace of God is extended from boundless love and not in response to personal merit. The goodness of God is shared with us beyond our capabilities to weigh it. The love of God is deeper, wider, and higher than we can know apart from divine revelation and personal experience. If we give pause and reflect on our Heavenly Father's kindness and His love for us, we will be free and we will live lives of great gratitude and graciousness. We can release the garbage to be hauled away and burned. We will be equipped and empowered to love before we are loved. We will have a voice that speaks well of others regardless of what be spoken of us. We can live the Abundant Life that Christ promised to all who come to Him, a life financed with His blood. We need not draw from the cesspools of hell. Satan's cisterns are always empty. God's love is always and forever free. It is abundant. It is indestructible. It establishes a quality of life that no one or nothing can deprive a child of God from living. In Christ we always win, Always!
......Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.