Soul Detox Lesson 5 Bitter Roots

Soul Detox Lesson 5
Bitter Roots

Bitterness Never Draws Us Closer to God
    It is a nonproductive, toxic emotion
        resulting from resentment over unmet needs

Bitterness never works alone
    jealousy
    anger
    hatred
    disobedience
    contempt
    gossip
    rage
    and on and on and on...

Live at Peace with Everyone

Hebrews 12:14-15 Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. 15 Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.
    
    Especially those who have HURT us

Release the Toxins
    Confession generally leads to some SHORT TERM Challenges but
    LONG TERM Healing

Bitter Roots
    All Roots Sustain Themselves by WHAT they ABSORB and the     DIRECTION they GROW
        Clean Water = Strong and Healthy
        Contaminated Water = Diseased and Unhealthy
            If the ROOTS become STRONG they can CHOKE the LIFE             out of Your SOUL

Matthew 7:18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit

Hebrews 12:15 Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many
    Trouble, Defile, Corrupt  = Pollute, Stain or Contaminate

A Little Bitterness Goes A Long Way
    A few bitter teens can derail a youth group
    A couple bitter moms can poison a PTA
    A bitter board member can split a church
    A bitter person can destroy morale in an office
    A bitter spouse can divide a family for a lifetime
        Bitterness NEVER produces Good Results

I Corinthians 13:5 Love ...keeps no record of being wronged.
    Bitterness keeps detailed records
    
        One person can write off an entire race of people
        A betrayed man can write off all of woman kind
        A woman scorned can totally give up on all men
        A disappointed soul decides all Christians are hypocrites
        An abused child can never trust an adult again

Ephesians 4:31-32 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
    Treat Others as Christ has Treated You

Matthew 6:14-15 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.
    You’re Only Hurting Yourself

Helping Brings Healing

Get Better, Not Bitter