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Joseph: Better, Not Bitter (31 of 34)
We are going to look at chapters 43, 45, and 45 in a survey fashion this evening. I want to read some verses in chapter 42, leading us into this study this evening.
We are continuing our study in the life of Joseph.
I want to talk to you this evening about Better, not Bitter.
Many people have lives that are filled with bitterness. When they open their mouths, their words are like gall. Their tongues strike like a cobra. Life has dealt them some unkind blows and they are bitter. They have determined to go through life as miserable as they possible can be. They are going to make as many people around them as bitter as they can possibly make them. They are filled with bitterness.
Acts 8, verse 23, uses an unusual phrase. It talks about the gall of bitterness, the poison of bitterness. The root word behind the word, bitterness, is to bite. It carries the idea of the bite of a poison serpent.
I have read that sometimes a rattlesnake, when cornered, will become so angry that it will actually bite itself. So bitterness is a self inflicted bite and it is poison in our lives.
Let me give you some definitions of bitterness. Bitterness is the attitude produced internally when we meditate upon life's circumstances and decide that we have not been given a fair deal. To put it more simply, you might say that bitterness is harbored hurt seething in the soul. Are you bitter? Do you feel like you have been treated unfairly and there is hurt being harbored in your heart? It is seething in your soul.
People get bitter for a lot of things. You may be bitter because a boss has fired you and you think unfairly so. You may be bitter because a friend you trusted has betrayed that trust and has treated you unfairly. You may be bitter because you are a businessman and you had a business partner who has stolen some money from you and that has been seething in your heart and you are bitter at tha ...
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