Lessons in Waiting: Bitterness, the Easy Pill

by Jimmy Pruitt

Bitterness is a hard pill to swallow. That’s a lie. Bitterness is the easiest pill to swallow when you have been hurt, crushed, betrayed, or thrown under the proverbial bus by those you trusted.
Bitterness goes down like warm honey over a sore throat. It’s sweet to the wounded soul… and therein lies the danger. It tastes good when you are sporting a lacerated heart.
The real mark of Christ being formed in a person is when they can refuse the sweet temptation of bitterness and exhibit the very heart of Jesus through love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, forgiveness, mercy, grace.
Perhaps this will help. We become what we behold. As we gaze upon our pain. Rehearse the event. Nurse the wound. Retell the gory story. Relive it a thousand times in our mind. We keep the hurt alive and drive the root of bitterness deeper.
However, if we fix our eyes upon Jesus. Know that He knows. Understand that He suffered and died at the hands of broken unregenerate men. Realize that our pain is but a fraction of His. Embrace His forgiveness and therefore are enable to forgive others. 
Then we begin to appropriate and internalize His love, His character, His nature and His capacity for grace. 
Behold the Lamb that was slain.