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Bitterness and Hatred – A self destructive virus

Delivered by ASE Joseph Olorunnisola, July 30 2006.

“That was the true light which lighted every man that cometh into the world he was in the world and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not, He came unto His own and His own rejected him.” John 1: 9-11.

An argument developed between two elderly ladies during a Christian celebration last month and one of the ladies retorted with a horrifying anger. “I hate your gut and I will have nothing to do with you again for life”. What an unfortunate surrender to Satan!!! The immediate cause, ostensibly, was a plate of food, but in fact, it had a remote cause that was deeply rooted in bitterness and hatred. It was a long battle of hatred.

Bitterness and hatred are spiritual cancer that can hardly be cured. It is a deadly emission that is more poisonous than the venom of fiery serpents. Spirits of bitterness and hatred cannot easily be counseled, pacified, or atoned. It is like the spirit of witches and wizards. They are often propelled by deadly envy, consuming jealousy or devilish pride. It is a concoction that we process for someone else but then end up drinking it ourselves. Indeed a very powerful tool in the hand of Satan.

The murder of Abel by Cain (Gen 4) which started the ‘seemingly’ endless history of human violence and man’s inhumanity to his fellowman reveals the frightening level of ruthlessness that bitterness can attain. Cain received a divine curse and became the patriarch of the lineage of perdition. Korah, also a Levite, became incensed against Moses because of the setting apart of the family of Aaron for the duties and privileges of the priesthood – why not me? Abiram and Dathan also felt that they, rather than Moses, should have the pre-eminence in the nation since they were leaders of the tribe descended from the firstborn, son of Jacob, Reuben. Bitterness against God’s choice germinated into hatred against Moses, and subsequently grew into rebellion against the plan of God. Of course, the Lord spoke through the mother earth as the first earthquakes on earth swallowed up the rebellious. Numbers 16.

Was it Satan that was putting Saul, the first King of the united Israel on a fast track of destructive bitterness and hatred against the Son of Jesse – David, whom the Lord had used for the slaughter of the enemy of Israel – Goliath, or was it God that was testing the King’s spirit? “And the women singing and dancing to meet Saul hath sang to one another that Saul slain his thousands and David his ten thousands.” 1 Sam 18: 5-9. Saul instantly developed an euphorbia of restlessness, emotional distress and spiritual anger against David – a development that forever shut off peace, joy and stability from the life of King Saul until he finally, by his own sword, killed himself. Haman, the son of Hamedatha became incensed against the refusal of Mordecai the son of Jair to pay homage to him. Bitterness and hatred, which are indeed murderous emotional intoxicants, spurred Haman into plotting a total extermination of the entire Jewish population in the kingdom of Ahauerus. But then, a surprising twist was ordained by Heaven and Haman himself became the victim of the diabolical death penalty – plotted by him against Mordecai. Esther 4 & 5.

Bitterness is a toxin that we prepare for someone else, but then drink ourselves. It is a concentrated dose of emotional poison, often one that we carefully nurture and grow over the course of years against those who are often innocent of our charge. It is a major sin against God and a confrontation against His consuming judgment. When we are possessed by these cancerous elements, our peace of mind is sacrificed, our joy is jettisoned, our spiritual anchorage is now of the devil, and our household is, consequently, arraigned before God’s retributive verdict. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ when passing through the corridor of life made Himself a living sacrifice, a symbol of divine love and humility and a servant to all. The dead were raised, the blind, lame, deaf and dumb were restored, the broken hearted relieved and those in captivity were delivered. Yet he was hated with passion by the chief priests and the Pharisees. “If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no excuse for their sins. He that hated me hated my Father also. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law. They hated me without a cause.” John 15: 22-25. The ruthlessness of bitterness and hatred was exhibited on the Friday of crucifixion when Pilate was requested to release Barnabas – the armed robber and murderer and crucify Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. They outrageously went further; “Let His blood be on us and our children.” It was a product of murderous envy that has left Israel with a generational legacy of bloodshed. Matt 27: 15-. When you have seeds of bitterness and hatred, you have unwittingly chosen the portion of Cain, Saul, Haman and the Pharisees. It is a seed of eternal damnation. The seed can never produce any fruit of joy or peace for you but a fruit of regret and lamentation. It is like a wave of the sea that knows no permanent peace. Examine your system critically today. If you find the seeds of bitterness and hatred within your system, simply uproot it totally, replace them with seeds of love, peace and forgiveness and the good Lord shall forgive all your past sins and grant you a new lease of life in Christ Jesus. This life is too short. Why would you live your life in turbulence of hatred and also end up in hell. Hebrew 12: 14-15 states, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. Looking diligently lest any man fall of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.” Removal of bitterness and hatred from your life today is not an option. May the good Rabboni grant you the spirit of discernment and vision to understand His ways and the courage to apply His truth in developing a godly personality.


I thank you all for listening.

ASE Joseph Olorunnisola July 30, 2006.

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