A Brief Devotion: Overcoming Bitterness, pt6

James 3:14 "But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth." Just as rotten water can have a devastating impact on a city, bitter words can have a disastrous effect in our lives. We need to recognize the challenge of bitter speech. Our words … Continue reading A Brief Devotion: Overcoming Bitterness, pt6

A Brief Devotion: Overcoming Bitterness, pt5

Colossians 2:13-14, "And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross."  The starting point to overcoming … Continue reading A Brief Devotion: Overcoming Bitterness, pt5

A Brief Devotion: Bitterness, pt4

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 … Continue reading A Brief Devotion: Bitterness, pt4

A Brief Devotion: Bitterness, pt2

Bitterness is a feeling that involves a mixture of anger and resentment generated by the experience of unjust suffering. Bitterness is frequently associated with sin and slavery to sin in the Bible. Bitterness is not simply something you do—it is something you experience. Consider the bitter herbs in Israel's history. In preparation for the final … Continue reading A Brief Devotion: Bitterness, pt2

A Brief Devotion: Bitterness, pt1

Ephesians 4:31, "Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice." Bitterness is a powerful, dangerous thing. Left unchecked, it can completely consume a person’s life. The Bible describes it this way:• Bitter conditions in our lives, the terrible circumstances and mistreatment that we … Continue reading A Brief Devotion: Bitterness, pt1

A Brief Devotion: About the Cross, pt3

Colossians 3:23-24, "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ." Ambition is a part of life. Everyone has it. The question is not whether you are ambitious but the content of your ambitions. For our … Continue reading A Brief Devotion: About the Cross, pt3

A Brief Devotion: About the Cross, pt2

Matthew 16:24-26, "Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? … Continue reading A Brief Devotion: About the Cross, pt2

A Brief Devotion: Christ Commissioned, pt6

2 Timothy 3:14-17, "But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by … Continue reading A Brief Devotion: Christ Commissioned, pt6