Hebrews 12:6, “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.

We don’t become bitter when life is going great. We become sinfully bitter when we respond to the hurts of life with anger, rooted in unbelief, that is not processed through the lens of God’s purposes.

The antidote to sinful bitterness is learning to view our circumstances as God’s fatherly discipline, not punishment. God’s discipline is proof of His love, and when we remember that God is allowing bitter circumstances for our good and His glory.

Fatherly discipline is intended to make us holy so that we will bear the fruit of righteousness in our lives. It motivates us to pursue God’s grace instead of bitterness. Of course we will fail, but in those moments, we are invited to repent. Sinful bitterness can be overcome when we remember that our trials are God’s discipline for our good.