There are a great many people in the world who  are bitter. Who have been ‘stung’ by some sort of misfortune. Sadly the ‘news’ media run quickly to cover and give credence to these experiences often making matters even worse.

The heart is the seat of bitterness acknowledged in Proverbs 14:10. It is here where it rears its ugly head often at times of someone’s death such as Samuel addressed in 1 Samuel 15:31 and on other occasions that seem unjust to the human mind. These events drive people to drink which was King Lemuel’s solution (Proverbs 31:6) or worse when they drive people away from God.

The Bible speaks of numerous causes that bring on the sting of bitterness. Foolish children can cause consternation to the point of bitterness (Proverbs 17:25) either against them or against God. For some not being able to have a child results in bitterness as Hannah experienced in 1 Samuel 1:5-10. This, as I heard of only recently, drives people to kidnap the children of others. Sickness leads people to become bitter which in their way of thinking gives them comfort but the true peace within illness comes from knowing that no matter the end result of our battle (whatever it may be) the forgiveness of our sins (Isaiah 38:17) is paramount if we remain faithful to our Lord and Savior.

Bitterness within ourselves or toward others must be put under control. It does no one any good. Most especially it grieves the Holy Spirit by Whom we are sealed for the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30-31). Indeed bitterness if left unchecked will defile us to where we may fall short of the grace of God (Hebrews 12:15). That is the true unfortunate outcome if we do not begin now to TAKE AWAY THE STING.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Bitterness removes blessings which help bind us to God.

DEVOTIONAL VERSE FOR TODAY: Hebrews 12:15 “The avoidance of bitterness is necessary to prevent defilement”.

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Lord give me strength to never allow bitterness in my heart.


  1. How does coverage of people who feel bitter add fuel to the fire?
  2. What is the best way to handle that which causes us bitterness?
  3. What is necessary to keep a heart spiritually healthy?
  4. Is there some bitterness in your life which you need to deal with today?

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