Keep Our Heart Clean from Bitterness and Anger (Evening)
Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
As the saying goes, The higher the hill, the stronger the wind: so the loftier the life, the stronger the enemy’s temptations. This what Kevin experienced. After graduating from college, he was accepted at one of the big companies in his city. His diligence, persistence, and dedication made him get a higher position. His fellow workers were jealous of him. They slandered and spread bad stories about Kevin.
Humanly, Kevin was aware that his friends’ words and attitude were very evil and hurt his heart. However, he chose not to be disappointed, angry, and bitter. He’s still nice to them because he believed that when his friends making fun of him, it’s like they’re throwing stones at him. He used those stones to go higher.
Just like Kevin, we too have to learn to guard our hearts. We can’t please everyone. Even Jesus himself could not please everyone. There must be people who do not hate seeing us successful. It doesn’t matter what others think about us, but seek God’s approval because that is the most important thing for us. We don’t need to be hurt and disappointed by other people’s words, make sure we guard our heart and keep it clean from bitterness and anger. Remember that our bodies are the temple of God. Don’t pile up junk. Release forgiveness so that our life is clean and the Holy Spirit is glad dwelling in us.
Make sure we KEEP our hearts CLEAN from BITTERNESS and ANGER.
1. What are the things that often make you angry or upset?
2. What do you usually do when you are hurt?
3. What lessons did you learn and what will you start doing from now on?
“Holy Spirit, this is our life, take over and work in us. Help me to live according to Your will and to get rid of all bitterness and anger from our hearts, because we want to always please You. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”