The Chains of Bitterness Part 2

Many are still bitter over an old friend, over what a parent said, over failed relationships, divorces, etc. God dealt with Job’s friends harshly; Job’s friends were clearly in the wrong, but Job needed to forgive them before God released the blessing over Job’s life.


“See to it that no one comes short of the
grace of God; that no root of bitterness, springing up, causes trouble, and by
it many be defiled” Hebrews
12:15

 

            What is bitterness? It is hostility, it is anger, it is
animosity and many other unpleasant feelings. Bitterness disconnects us from
the grace of God; we limit God’s hand and His work in our hearts when we choose
to be bitter. Bitterness causes trouble in our lives and it is bitterness that
causes our lives to be defiled (Corrupted, tainted, ruined, etc). We will never
be able to grow in character, in the things of God and in our call until we
allow God to deal with the bitterness in our hearts. It has nothing to do with
who is right or who is wrong; it all has to do with you and your willingness to
forgive. Bitterness comes into our hearts when someone does something that
greatly offends us. Little by little it grows so, much that it becomes a strong
root that will eventually spring up in our lives.

 

Many are still bitter over an old friend, over what a
parent said, over failed relationships, divorces, etc. God dealt with Job’s
friends harshly; Job’s friends were clearly in the wrong, but Job needed to
forgive them before God released the blessing over Job’s life. So, we can’t
limit the bitterness argument to who is right or who is wrong. As I said
before, circumstances and people have a way of revealing what is truly in our
hearts.

 

When I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, one
of the first things that I heard in my spirit from the Lord was to call the man
that tried to kill me in that dark road. I called my Mother in Law, who was
this man’s sister, and asked her for his telephone number. At the time, I was
residing in Jacksonville, Florida and this man was in my hometown. She gave me
the number and when I called and introduced myself; there was a silence on the
phone; this man was clearly terrified of me, even after over six years from the
time of the incident. He accepted my apology and apologized himself; but I
could feel that something was not right. I left it at that. three years later; about
nine years from the incident, I went to Puerto Rico for a one week vacation.

 

I was taking a walk and I saw him entering his car; when
he saw me, he sped up. A couple of days after that, my grandfather passed away,
which caused me to stay a few extra days. During that time, we had some heavy
rain in my community and the old creek was flooded. That was always a show for
everybody to see. There were a lot of people from my community looking at the flooded
creek; among the people was this man. I went to him. Everybody knew of our
story; everybody knew I hated him; but I was now a Born Again Christian and God
had done a work in my heart. I approached this man and gave him a huge in front
of everyone. Everyone was shocked. That was the greatest testimony I was able
to give them, that God has indeed, done a work in my life.

 

Beloved, no matter what you have been through, nothing, absolutely
nothing, justifies bitterness. Our world is filling with bitterness; America is
filling with bitterness, the church is filling with bitterness. It is time to
allow God to deal with our hearts; it is time to be freed from the chains of
bitterness.

Author: angelcasiano

An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director. While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog. In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.

One thought on “The Chains of Bitterness Part 2”

  1. Some feel that we should not forgive the person until they repent, but Jesus gave us a great responsibility to forgive. Just after He breathed upon the disciples after rising from the dead, Jesus told them, “If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained” (John 20:23). This is a powerful saying. It would seem that as persons who are filled with the HOLY Spirit of God, the first issue He would have us be aware of is a HOLY one, that of forgiveness. We have the power under the anointing of the Spirit of God to extend the forgiveness He paid for. If we neglect to extend that forgiveness to others, then how will they know they can be forgiven? The advancement of the Kingdom of God was entirely dependent upon those disciples upon whom Jesus breathed and to whom He gave that commandment. Had they not heeded it, there would be no church even today. We too carry the same commandment, the same responsibility and the same power to forgive in Jesus’ name. 
     

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