Friday, December 4, 2009

Betterness Not Bitterness

"My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life."
Psalm 119:50
If anyone ever had a reason to be bitter it was Naomi. Far from home, her husband and both her sons had fallen ill and died. With no way to provide for herself, in grief, she turned to her daughters in law and begged them to return to their families. She had nothing to offer.
"Don't call me Naomi,' she told them. Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. (Ruth 1:20-21) You know the story, Naomi did not remain bitter. She chose betterness instead of bitterness.
Is an obstacle of bitterness keeping you from a new life?
When tempted to be bitter, remember these five important principles:
1 God knows what you are going through. (Exodus 3:7)
2 He feels what you feel. (Isaiah 63:9) & (Hebrews 4:14-15)
3 He is on your side. (Romans 8:31-32)
4 He will work it out while He is at work in you. (Romans 8:28)
5 You can be encouraged hope is ahead. (2Corinthians 4:18)
You may have been drinking from waters of bitterness, but today Jesus is offering you a fresh cool drink from the sweet waters of betterness. ( John 4:14)
Question for thought:
If you weren't carrying bitterness, how would your life change?

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