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If You Get Bitter, You Can't Get Better! (2 of 3)
Series: How to Tackle What's Tackling You
As we come to the second sermon in this series, we face one of the most important emotions that we will deal with. In fact, I am convinced that this emotion, of bitterness, is the one that more adversely affects Christians than any other. Someone has well said that 'Bitterness is the cancer of the Christian life!' I believe that I would have to say 'Amen' to that. There are many Christians, who have been saved for years, that if they were to go to the Great Physicians' office they would receive the diagnosis of the 'cancer of Christianity': bitterness! They are ate up with it. It consumes them, it controls them, and it condemns them. Bitterness is a blight that will contaminate you, a burden that will crush you, and a blaze that will cook you. It boils down to the fact that instead of getting better, they have gotten bitter.
I think of a man by the name of Otto Van Bismark who was Chancellor of Germany during World War I. Toward the end of his life, he got mired down in the quicksand of bitterness and he never got out. He carried the vial of bitterness in his blood the rest of his life. One morning, as an old man, he got up and went to the breakfast table, sat down and said to his family, "I spent the whole night hating." That man had such a heavy burden of bitterness that toward the end of his life, it literally crushed his health. So much so that so that he had a beard to hide the twitching muscles in his face. His body became racked with jaundice, gastric ulcers, gallstones and shingles. When he was offered a large sum of money to write his memoirs, he gladly accepted and he began to stay up all night. He wrote with a reckless abandon for truth heaping hate on men and women who had been dead for 20, 25, and 30 years. The thing that he began to live for became the thing that killed him. He died at the age ...
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