Commentary: The Bible speaks volumes about those whom exhibit unrepentant anger and deep-rooted bitterness. Tis not uncommon for the Christian to become angry. God’s Word makes it very clear that there are times when anger is justified? However, anger is not an excuse to sin. The byproduct of sinful anger is a bitter heart – a condition that stifles the Holy Spirit’s healing along with creating a legalistic attitude toward others? Dr. David Hocking lays out in detail, the “why” and “how” anger and bitterness occurs and why the Bride of Christ needs to repent of its propensity toward “shooting its wounded.”
“Be careful that no one falls short of the grace of God, so that no root of bitterness will spring up to cause trouble and defile many.” ~ Hebrews 12:15
“…see to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” ~ Hebrews 12:15
Bitterness is resentful cynicism that results in an intense antagonism or hostility towards others. The Bible teaches us to “get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” It then goes on to tell us how to deal with such bitterness and its fruits by being “kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31-32).
As an adjective, the word bitter means “sharp like an arrow or pungent to the taste, disagreeable; venomous.” The idea is that of the poisonous water given to the women who were suspected of committing adultery in Numbers 5:18: “the bitter water that brings a curse.” In its figurative sense bitterness refers […] Continue Reading…
Commentary: The Bible is replete with multiple warnings against those whom practice what God Himself says is an “abomination” (Proverbs 6:16-19). We Christians expect the world to practice gossip! After all, they are unregenerate heathens are they not? What justification then, does the Christian offer when he or she practices the very same sin that God expressly forbids? Dr. David Hocking lays out in detail, the “why” and “how” gossip occurs and why the Bride of Christ needs to repent of its propensity toward “shooting its wounded.”
“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” ~ John 13:35
The Hebrew word translated “gossip” in the Old Testament is defined as “one who reveals secrets, one who goes about as a talebearer or scandal-monger.” A gossiper is a person who has privileged information about people and proceeds to reveal that information to those who have no business knowing it. Gossip is distinguished from sharing information in two ways:
1. Intent. Gossipers often have the goal of building themselves up by making others look bad and exalting themselves as some kind of repositories of knowledge.
2. The type of information shared. Gossipers speak of the faults and failings of others, or reveal potentially embarrassing or shameful details regarding the lives of others without their knowledge or approval. Even if they mean no harm, it is still gossip.
In the book of Romans, Paul reveals the sinful nature and lawlessness of mankind, stating how God poured out His wrath on those who rejected His laws. […] Continue Reading…