Don’t carry bitterness in your heart. Work to e-lemon-ate it!

People who embrace bitterness give up the ability to find joy in life. If you let anger get the better of you, being bitter won’t be far behind. Let hurt make you better, not bitter!

Bitterness is a heart-plant that begins as a tiny seed but can grow into a hedge of bondage. The sooner it’s uprooted, the better! When you feel hurt or betrayed, quickly move beyond it before bitterness blasts its way into your heart.

Anger butters you up for bitterness. If you rust in bitterness, it will corrode your heart and give you no rest. If you sit in the inner drizzle of bitterness, it will eventually become a torrential storm in your heart.

Bitterness is chronic heartburn. Forgiveness is the antiacid that gets rid of it. Bitterness presents itself as strength, but it’s really cowardly weakness.

Bitterness seems to demand apologies. Then it continually refuses to accept them once they are given. Bitterness is a peace-buster, leading to both inward anxiety and outward conflict.

When you feel downtrodden, don’t let bitterness dim your hope and dull your heart. Where bitterness is bountiful, happiness is nowhere to be found.

A bitter countenance is never a thing of beauty. It won’t make anyone look like a cutie. Every time you blame someone for your problems, you plant a seed of bitterness in your life.

Perhaps it’s better not to be bitter. Love letters can overcome bitterness. We need more people to write (and speak) with love, kindness, and compassion.

Don’t carry bitterness in your heart. Work to e-lemon-ate it!

Bitterness often
Causes more pain
Than who or what you blame
For making you bitter.

Photo by Eric BVD on

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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