Growing Better-not Bitter by Rick Ferguson

Genesis 45:1-8

1- Have you ever been so deeply hurt by a person
you loved and respected that you said to yourself,
"I'll never, ever be able to forgive him for what he's
done to me"?

Ex. I've had-wives explain how deeply hurt they were to find
their husbands had been unfaithful to them.

I've had husbands cry over the anguish they felt to
discover their wives had been unfaithful to them.

I've had businessmen explain the anger and hurt they felt
when a partner cheated and defrauded them.

I've had teenage girls describe the hurt and bitterness -
they felt when their father molested them.

I've had children describe the-anger eat their parents-
for getting a divorce.

All of us have faced "people wounds" that go so
very deep that we don't think they will ever heal.
Maybe down deep inside we don't even want them to

Let me ask you another question. Have you ever
been afflicted with such a devastating tragedy that
down deep inside you grew angry at God, and you've
somehow been able to remain angry at God for allowing
so much pain into your life?

Ex. I've had people who have been told they are terminally ill
describe anger toward God.

I've had wives who lost their husbands to sudden death
describe their anger and hostility toward God.

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I've known parents who have lost a child and grew hostile
toward God.

I've known some people who have faced financial disaster
and then vented their anger toward God.

If you aren't careful, the pains and problems of
life can turn you into a bitter, angry person.

Ex. I've known people who have been hurt in a church and they
quit going to church entirely.

When you face a problem, ...

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