‘Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour……’ (Ephesians 4:31).

A woman was bitten by a venomous snake and promptly rushed to a hospital. As she was been attended to at the emergency department by the doctor, she asked: “Is it life-threatening?” and the doctor answered: the bite wasn’t, but the poison is. Sure, the bite you receive at the hands of people can be hurting and painful but they’re not deadly. Put in another way, what happens to you normally does not destroy you, but what happens in you afterwards can cause enormous damage.

Similar to venom, bitterness first poisons your mind, then every other thing around you. The more you try to move on, the more you keep coming back to the episode and you end up roaming in a circle. This has the tendency of denying you of your God-ordained destiny.

In Matthew 18: 21-22. Jesus gave Apostle Peter the best counsel to overcome bitterness and the same is true for us today. He said: forgive and keep on forgiving until you get to the point where you are not disappointed by anyone any more.

Beloved, watch your attitude to anger because it is the catalyst for bitterness especially when it is allowed to linger for a while. Pray that God will help you to increase in self-control which is one of the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22 – 23). Prayerfully resolve not to allow anyone to occupy your heart without paying rent to you; honestly it is an irredeemable loss.