This week my posts have to do with ways we can find ourselves under the thumb of the evil one – the real oppressor, the devil. Many may conclude that our greatest enemy today is our own government – the news media – the Internet – addiction – Covid – and any number of issues that inhabit our planet.  The true oppressor is the one who is in direct conflict with all that is good and perfect – our heavenly Father, God, who has power over all things, including our enemy.

Today I’d like to discuss bitterness as one of tools in the devil’s arsenal.  Bitterness is often described as a foul taste, resulting from eating the wrong thing.  It can also be a term used for a feeling left within us after we’ve been wounded physically, emotionally or spiritually.  Both meanings are a reaction to being fed something acidic, resentful, foul or harmful.  Yesterday I talked about the results of bullying, but bitterness goes one step further down the path of negativity.  There is a breaking point for most of us.  Bitterness goes beyond that.  It’s a feeling that stays with you and affects the way you deal with all things in your life.  You in fact can easily become a slave to bitterness  It will fester like an open wound and never heal unless you release it.   

When you’re constantly being fed a diet of bitterness, you in fact become what you eat.  Your attitude towards others changes.  Your relationships are shallow.  Your thoughts turn inward.  Focusing on yourself becomes a way of life.  How do you remove the bitter taste – the after taste that clings to the roof of your mouth?  It would be nice if you could just gargle that taste away, but by the time it has turned into a bitter spirit, it takes much more than mouth wash.

There is a way to eliminate bitterness from our lives and it’s so easy, yet many prefer to wallow in their acrimony .  The Bible has this to say about this malady.

Ephesians 4:31-32  ESV   “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

By forgiving others as we have been forgiven, the scars caused by bitterness will be erased.  Putting others first is what our Savior, Jesus did.  He left His throne of glory and honor. He humbled Himself and became a servant.  He sacrificed everything to purchase our redemption.  The least we can do in gratitude for that precious gift, is to thank Him and than follow His lead by forgiving others.



As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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  1. oooo—so good my friend—we are being fed a great deal of bitterness these days, are we not?
    Oh to claim that healing balm of both forgiveness and Grace—thank you this today!!!

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  2. oneta hayes says:

    Forsake gargling and take a baptism in the blood. Jesus’s blood.

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  3. oneta hayes says:

    Those are powerful words by Mandela. Thanks.

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  4. K.L. Hale says:

    Amen my friend! Bitterness will eat you up~Satan loves it! I’ve had to swallow a lot of pride and I’m tired of the taste of bitterness. It serves no one! Beautifully written sweet friend. ❤️

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  5. Sustained bitterness works like a thorn which sinks deeper and deeper into our fragile soul until the emptiness consumes our heart.

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