Category: Bitterness

Poisoned by Bitterness

Have you ever been approached by someone who told you something about yourself that was not good? I have had this experience and I take them what is said seriously in the moment, and afterward I take some time to examine my heart with respect to what was discussed. I believe that is a spiritually healthy response when something someone says or does affects me this way.

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Bitterness Defiles Many

The truthful and straightforward answer is that it was stored up in my heart for all those years because I never dealt with it biblically. I had decided at the time to file away my thoughts, beliefs and feelings about his comments along with those exams, and when I reread my work and his comments, they have come back to defile many.

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Do You Know How to Change a Life?

I once heard this testimony from a counselee who came to see me because of depression:

“My mother suffered from an undiagnosed mental illness for most of my childhood. She would be in bed for months at a time, and then I would come home from school one day and she would be gone, in the hospital. After a few weeks, she would come back home, usually drugged or just flat. She’d be ok for a while, but then the depression would come back, and it would start all over. Finally, when I was in high school, she got the diagnosis: Major Depressive Disorder.[i][ii] She was put on medications, and pretty much stayed stable until the end of her life, when the drugs finally destroyed her kidneys and she passed away. I am terrified that this is my future. My doctor thinks I have it, too.”

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We are not a licensed counseling agency, nor are we psychologically or medically trained therapists. We offer ‘pastoral’ counseling intended to bring life change through heart change.