*The deadly poison*
Greek name: stibuim
Low doses causes, Headache, nausea, and depression
Antimony dates to as far back as 3000 B.C. Women of the middle east applied this compound as a cosmetic to darken their eyebrows and eyelids. Increased exposure to the element can lead to antimony poisoning.
If left untreated a person could die.
You are most probably wondering where I’m going with this.
Consider this for a moment……..
Imagine you are knowingly exposing yourself to this poison.
You start to feel the symptoms.
You are nauseas all the time,
Your depression increases rapidly.
Your emotions are starting to numb.
You can feel the poison working through your body,
You do NOTHING!!!!!!!
Your not suicidal yet you are poisoning yourself!
Yes of course! Who in their right mind would do this?
Well by being bitter and choosing to hord feelings of anger is just the same as poisoning yourself.
You know what its doing to you but yet you still choose not to forgive and “get over it”.
You are letting the poison work!
*lets have a look at bitterness*
When we are young they teach us to forgive. We are taught to love our neighbors, to honor our parents. And when we are young its kind of easy to do.
As you grow older life knocks you around. Optimists will argue that these trials are life lessons and that every dark cloud has a silver lining.
What about unspeakable, unfair, injustice? Things that happen to the innocent? And what about things that hurt so much that you hold on to anger and hurt?
Unlike when you where young you just can’t seem to get past what the person or persons has done to you.
So you don’t forgive. You hold on to those emotions. Simply because you are angry and you feel what they did is unforgivable. This is where the bitterness settles in.
Bitterness is like a deadly poison. It slowly starts to kill you from inside.
Killing and creating a crust around your heart.
Thus making it impossible for you to replace the hurt.
Making it impossible to move on and “get over it”
*The antidote *
How do we let go of bitterness you ask?
I’m going to use a very important book as a guide.
*ephesians 4: 31-32
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Do not say ” I will repay evil” wait for the Lord and He will deliver you.
* Matthew 6:14-15
For if you forgive others their trespasses your heavenly father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your father forgive your trespasses.
The bible clearly states that we should “strive for peace”, that we should forgive.
Forgiving doesn’t make you weak!
It makes you stronger. It benefits you.
Forgiving and moving forward allows room in your heart for happiness.
The antidote for bitterness is forgiveness!!
Know that we aren’t the judge. We are responsible for our own happiness!
Being bitter is not the answer!
Bitterness roots deeply and causes the. Poison to work.
Why would we deliberately poison ourselves when we can “let go” and be free?
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God, that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble and by it many become defiled
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