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Slaying the Giant of Bitterness (2 of 3)
Series: Giant Killers - Claiming Victory over Life's Biggest Challenges
Bitterness is an unproductive giant.
Bitterness is a self-destructive giant.
''Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, 'What are we to drink?' Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the LORD made a decree and a law for them, and there He tested them. He said, 'If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.' Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.'' Exodus 15:22-27 (NIV)
THE CAUSE OF BITTERNESS
''Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur …'' Vs. 22 (NIV)
The desert of unrealistic expectations
''So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, 'What are we to drink?'''
Vs. 24 (NIV)
The desert of unmet needs
''For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water.'' Vs. 22b (NIV)
The desert of unforgiven mistakes
''When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water because it was bitter.'' Vs. 23 (NIV)
THE CHOICE OF FORGIVENESS
''Then Peter came to Him and asked, 'Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?' 'No, not seven times,' Jesus replied, 'but seventy times seven!''' Matthew 18:21, 22 (NLT)
Forgiveness is not about feelings.
Forgiveness is not minimizing the hurt.
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