Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills
“Bitter or Better – Which Road Have You Chosen?”
Many years ago there was a famous TV show which featured a man named “Archie Bunker,” whose life simply oozed bitterness, ignorance and foolishness.
Upon watching it, one might start to wonder where we would be if the misbehaving people would start using their destructive energies to do things good to enhance and better our world.
Now, while I know that we don’t live in a “dream world,” there is a lot of potential for greater things to occur if more walked in the light of Christ instead of living in darkness.
But there’s a greater issue at stake here because there are countless people who claim that they’ve been delivered out of darkness through Jesus Christ but they’re still allowing the spirit of darkness to control their thinking and actions towards others. And one of the ways is in the area of “bitterness.”
The Holy Spirit of God reveals in Proverbs 16:32 that, “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.”
People led by God’s Spirit are bridge builders and not destroyers of life. They are lifters of heads and not the breakers of backs. So, which one are you?
Now, there’s more to distinguishing these two words than just one vowel being different in them. And The Holy Spirit of God wants you to realize that your road cannot or will not get better if you remain bitter in your heart before God.
Do you know that a person whose heart is right before God using wisdom can accomplish more than he ever could by just using physical force or brute strength?
Did you know that a wise man’s words uttered calmly are of more value than the one who seeks to force his ways upon others through loudness and unwise instruction?
Ecclesiastes 9: 17-18 NTL says, “Better to hear the quiet words of a wise person than the shouts of a foolish king. Better to have wisdom than weapons of war, but one sinner can destroy much that is good.”
Now some of the main characteristics or traits of a person filled with bitterness are: anger, hostility, hatefulness, antagonism, bearing grudges, resentment, miserable, wickedness, negativity, scornfulness, full of stinging criticism, sour in life, harshness, unforgiving, disagreeable and destructive.
Not only can a bitter person bring destruction upon his own soul but their corruption, bad example, mischief and foolish counsel can have devastating effects upon a family, neighborhood, nation and even a church.
Now, the word “better” is used 218 times throughout scripture and some of the main characteristics or traits of the word “better” are: a morally superior quality, virtuousness, a spirit of excellence, improved in wisdom, joyfulness and having a more appropriate or acceptable way or manner. These individuals seek to amend, advance, promote, correct, reform and rectify circumstances, situations and relationships.
The Holy Spirit of God instructs us in Hebrews 12: 14-15 NIV to, “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”
So, if you want to walk in the favor of God, make sure you choose the right road and allow the peace and grace of The Lord to rule and reign in your life.