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Dr. Richard Dixon
Lakemont, NY
"I cannot forgive a certain person!"


Godís Holy Word says, "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:"

  • Bitterness is a sin. Harboring hatred and sinful feelings gives the devil the advantage; it will fester within you and turn to bitterness.
  • These are sins of an emotional nature.
  • These are sins that grieve the Holy Spirit.
  • Bitterness is a sin that will grieve you eventually.

Wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking are sins that will fester in your heart and you will become bitter. When you sink that low into bitterness ---- guess who it hurts! Ė It does not hurt the person you are bitter against, IT HURTS YOU!

Bitterness is an irritable state of mind. It produces harsh and hard opinions of others, and it makes you miserable! An unbearable feeling comes over you and you donít even know why you feel so terrible. Itís the bitterness in your heart that brings you down to destruction. Verse 31 in Ephesians chapter 4 also says let all wrath and anger be put away from you. In verse 26 of the same chapter of Ephesians God said, "Be ye angry and sin not." Anger out of control turns to wrath and wrath to bitterness. When God says "Be ye angry and sin not," He is telling us to be angry against the situation only but that anger must be controlled. Again, when you gain the strength to control your anger it wonít turn to wrath and from wrath to bitterness. There is only one person who is hurt from bitterness and that is the person who is bitter.

God tells us to put away the old nature and be renewed in the spirit of our mind. That renewing will end bitterness.

  • Ezekiel 36:26 God says; "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you."
  • 2 Cor. 5:17 God tells us; "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away; behold, all things become new."
  • The Apostle Paul said; "And have put on the new man which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him."

Because through Jesus Christ we become new, we are to walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:4) and serve in newness of spirit (Rom.7:6)

  • Ephesians 4:24 tells us; "And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."

Because in Christ all things become new, where is there room for bitterness?

"Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamour and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice."

Submitted By:

Dr. Richard E. Dixon

P.O. Box 86

Lakemont, New York 14857

(607)243 5826

For continued and thorough study and help in bitterness: BondsOfBitterness.html


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