This is how God’s Spirit sets us free from our BITTERNESS.
Romans 8:20 illustrates for us that everything in this world is broken, suffering, frustrated, and has lost its original purpose. As a result, in our old nature, we may become bitter in our frustration. Four facts outlined in Romans 8:26-32 will help us to call on God’s power and become better instead of bitter.
1. The Holy Spirit is praying for me!
According to Romans 8:26-27, who intercedes on our behalf when we are unable to express our needs to God?
• How does the Holy Spirit speak to God?
• Who has the Holy Spirit to help them bring their needs to God? Why is the Holy Spirit unavailable to some?
2. God is using everything for good in my life!
Read Romans 8:28. Whose purpose has called all believers?
• God is bigger than our enemies, critics, and problems. How can he use those areas to bring glory to himself and good to his children?
3. God wants me to succeed!
If God provides the power needed to succeed, as stated in Romans 8:31-32, who could oppose this power?
• If God truly is greater than all our challenges in life, why do we choose to be resentful? Who can we call on to help us conquer the feelings of frustration or bitterness and turn them into good?
4. God will give me what I need!
Romans 8:32 tells us that God did not even spare his only son. Why did God give such a great sacrifice for us?
• Is God able to provide what we need to conquer bitterness in our lives? How are we certain of this?
Worship – Conquering bitterness may take some time if it has become a response of the old nature. Take some time to write down the situations that cause you to resort to bitterness and frustration. Pray for help from the Holy Spirit to put on a new nature and call on God’s power to replace the bitterness with a better attitude toward the difficult situations you will face.