By Lydia Sellers
Bitter. Not a pleasant word. Ever bitten into a piece of fruit expecting pure succulence, but instead got a slap as sour juice hit your tongue? You can’t get rid of the awful tang until you eat something else.
Some people have the same effect. In fact, some Christians have the same effect. You expect them to be a refreshing healthy relationship, but when you sink your teeth into quality time with them, they turn out to have a bitter side.
I’ve been this person multiple times to multiple people. I’ve also had a lot of people treat me this way. And sadly, I know more women that do have a bitter disposition than I know that don’t.
Whether you’re the bitter fruit or the unfortunate soul who tries to bite in, bitterness is never fun for anyone.
Luke 6:45 says, “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (ESV)
If our hearts are bitter, everything we say is bitter produce. Jesus talks about the fruit of the Spirit saying, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23 ESV)
The Holy Spirit guides us to forgiveness; to being forgiving people. Apart from the Him, we can’t produce good fruit, and bad produce destroys our relationships.
Check your heart today. Do people push away from you at the first taste of your true character? Are you bitter ‘er sweet?
We all want to know you. You are special. God created you…just because He wanted to. Allow the Holy Spirit to heal your heart. Allow Him to produce sweet fruit in your life.
For more on learning how to become a more forgiving person, I totally recommend Zach Hunter’s recent release Chivalry: The Quest for a Personal Code of Honor in an Unjust World.
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