September 16 An Object of Bitterness

Scripture reading: Psalm 64:1–10

Key verse: Psalm 69:4

Those who hate me without a cause

Are more than the hairs of my head;

They are mighty who would destroy me,

Being my enemies wrongfully;

Though I have stolen nothing,

I still must restore it.

What should you do when you find yourself the object of another’s bitterness? For one, tell yourself the truth about the situation. Anytime you come under personal attack, recall God’s personal love for you. Ask Him to encourage you through His Word.

All of us sooner or later will run into someone who is angry or bitter. Using more bitterness to confront the guilty party leads only to a combative situation. Listen to what the bitter person is saying. Bitterness and anger are usually offshoots of deep hurt. You may not be able to turn the bitterness around in someone else’s life, but you can stop its continuation by asking God to help you understand why this person is the way he is.

Saying, “It seems that you are really upset. Can we talk about it?” may defuse the situation. Bitterness is much more involved than an act of quick anger. It is a stronghold and needs to be faced in an honest manner.

In Psalm 64, we read how one man prayed for God’s deliverance from the attacks of an embittered enemy. When you find yourself the target of an acrid violation, pray for God’s protection. Ask Him to give you wisdom in dealing with the other person as well as a healthy perspective on the entire matter. Your reaction to the assault is the most important issue with God. Therefore, be firm but loving in what you do and say.

Father, when I am the target of hostilities, give me the proper perspective in the face of adversity. Help me react firmly in love.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 271). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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