We all know that the Scriptures tell us to be kind, tenderhearted, forgiving one another even as God in Christ has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:32). But, as I noticed in a book on bitterness, bitterness can keep us from walking in this way. Specifically, bitterness remembers details.
How can we tell if we are bitter?
One good rule of thumb is this: bitterness remembers details. You have had thousands of conversations in your life, most of which you have forgotten. But this one took place five years ago, and you remember every single word, his intention, and the inflection of every part of his voice. You know exactly what happened–which means you are bitter.
In contrast to this, Scripture tells us to get rid of all bitterness. Is there any bitterness you need to turn away from today? Don’t let the canker of bitterness sour you! Kill it, by the power of the Gospel, and walk in victory.