Evil Speaking and Bitterness… and Words to Live By

In the course of life, I’ve learned that there aren’t many things I can control. These include my health, my wealth, and certainly now my relationships. Yet, I have a responsibility.

The Bible here offers us a Bible lesson in proper human conduct among Christians, as toward others, saying;

31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, Forgiving One Another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32 (KJV)

14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; Lest Any Root of Bitterness Springing Up Trouble You, and [you] thereby many be defiled; Hebrews 12:14-15 (KJV)

There are none among humankind who has not done wrong and omitted proper care toward others.

Certainly, some may be legitimately be offended …but the offended person needs to be careful Not to Become Bitter or Speak Evil of Others. The Apostle Paul teaches us there is no place for Listing Our Grievances against The List of Another because;

“For ALL HAVE SINNED and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

From the verses above we have Paul’s instructions as to how we as fallen, fallible, humans can and should conduct our lives best … This is for our own benefit as well as the benefit of those with whom we may have grievance. Otherwise, Paul warns us lest any Root of Bitterness Springing Up Trouble You” … troubling the embittered one.

So, ‘Evil Speaking and Bitterness’ affect the one who ‘Evil Speaks,’ ‘Is Bitter,’ and who Will Not Forgive the Other. Such then becomes a “Root of Bitterness” which grows to choke the joy of life’s relationships for such an embittered person… thereby also affecting ALL their relationships to the negative.

On the positive side we also have these instructions … to ‘Forgive One Another.’

32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath [already] forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32 (KJV)
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Colossians 3:13 (KJV)

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