Definition: Soul that decides to holds oneself, another or God accountable to oneself rather than trust in God’s authority, grace and mercy in the situation.
Strongs Hebrew #4784 maraw; a primitive root; to be (causatively, make) bitter (or unpleasant); (figuratively) to rebel (or resist; causatively, to provoke):–bitter, change, be disobedient, disobey, grievously, provocation, provoke(-ing), (be) rebel (against, -lious). Strongs Greek # 4088 – pikros; acridity (especially poison), literally or figuratively — bitterness. ‘Root which springs up, causes trouble and defiles many’—according to Hebrews 12:15. Peace and grace are mentioned here as preventing bitterness. Henry Wright calls it a ‘principality’ because it governs over a hierarchy of other strong men in this order, Rejection (found under the heading of Ahab/Jezebel in Ric’s Scheme’s Quick Hit-List), Fear (Unloving must leave first since perfect love casts out all fear) and Occultism/Witchcraft (idolatry, false authority)
Bitterness defines me and my decisions concerning self, others and God according to the lie that I cannot trust God to punish those that do not measure up to my standards. I must therefore hold those accountable to me. Self pride/idolatry trumps God’s authority and grace so one must prove themselves deserving. Fear thinks ‘I must protect myself from you, so you can’t hurt me again.’ Manifestations Bitterness can manifest in a breach within self, between others or with God and combine with other strong men to make an even more oppressive cocktail of emotional oppressions or physical disease. It may originate in decisions the person has made or have generational or soul tie components. According to 1 Corinthians 13, love holds no record of wrongs, therefore our love is squelched by bitterness. Relationships are strained often spreading slander, strife and gossip. It may take root in the physical, resulting in tumors (self bitterness), malignancies (toward others/God) often appearing first in an area of the body which correlates with the source relationship the bitterness is concerned with or the resulting sin. For example, the colon correlates with verbal slander (purging) and breasts often represent maternal people. Tumors or non-cancerous cysts in the left breast are often indicative of relationship issues with a blood female relative and in the right breast often indicative of issues with an unrelated female such as mother-in-law, co-worker in office or church or possibly her husband. Gynecological cancer or cysts indicates an issue with her own sexual nature or past. Bitterness combined with fear can result in auto-immune diseases. When bitterness is self-directed it manifests in degeneration of tissue. When it is other-directed it manifests in swelling and inflammation types of diseases. How to Get the Root Out The 8 R’s are Recognize, Responsibility, Repent, Renounce, Remove It, Resist, Rejoice, Restore. These must be used over and over in all areas of our spiritual cleansing. We must utilize the 8 R’s on the sins reinforcing Bitterness in our lives. These sins which answer to Bitterness are Unforgiveness, Resentment, Retaliation, Anger, Hatred, Violence and Murder (in the heart or in the physical).Rejection fuels bitterness so this must be taken out as well to keep bitterness from taking root again.We are to forgive 70×7, use the keys to the kingdom of binding and loosing according to Mt 16, go to restore a brother according to Mt 18, and forgive as we have been forgiven according to the story of the 10,000 talents.
Scriptures on Bitterness
“Pursue peace with all men, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking diligently lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled” (Hebrews 12:14,15).
“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31,32).
“Who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously” (1 Peter 2:23).
“Then Jesus said, ’Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do’” (Luke 23:34).
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14,15).
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ’Vengeance is mine; I will repay,’ says the Lord. Therefore if your enemy hungers, feed him; if he thirsts, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12:14-21).