photo by: Shirley/Missouri/October 2010
Spiritual Cancer
originally written 2 Mar10
& 16 Sep 10
posted 7 Oct 10
expanded 8 Oct 10
Bitterness is like cancer to our spiritual bodies.

Holding onto bitterness leads us into captivity.

“For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”
Acts 8:23

Holding onto bitterness is dangerous—it grieves the Holy Spirit.

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Ephesians 4:30-32

We are commanded not to hold grudges.

“'Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people,
but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.’”
Leviticus 19:18

Holding onto bitterness robs us of blessings and invites trouble.

“Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD
       but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble.”
Proverbs 28:14

Bitterness is not from God and does not lead to wisdom.

“Who is wise and understanding among you?
Let him show it by his good life,
by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.
But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts,
do not boast about it or deny the truth.
Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven
but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.”
James 3:13-15

Unlike physical cancer, there is a cure for spiritual cancer:
Embracing the truth of God sets us free from this plague.

  “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth,
and the truth will set you free.’”
John 8:31-32

“Now the Lord is the Spirit,
and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
2 Corinthians 3:17

Do NOT embrace bitterness.  It’s not your friend.

Sarcasm & bitterness hurts those around you—not just your own heart.

Bitter people are not safe confidants when you need to share your heart.
Their bitterness taints their view and their advice.
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