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  1. How Does Love Overcome Bitterness?

  2. How does Satan work to destroy us? • As a young Christian I did not understand the dangers in the works of the flesh. Consider the “anger family.” (Gal 5:19-21)

  3. How does Satan work to destroy us? • Galatians 5:19-21 - Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; …..

  4. How does Satan work to destroy us? • I was surprised to see how many would fall over time. • These works can cause you to lose your mind! • God tells us that we must major in guarding our hearts! (Prov 4:23)

  5. How does Satan work to destroy us? • Proverbs 4:23 - Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.

  6. How does Satan work to destroy us? • We win the battle of the mind when we allow God’s word to produce the fruit of the Spirit in our hearts. (Gal 5:22-23)

  7. How does Satan work to destroy us? • Galatians 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

  8. How does Satan work to destroy us? • This says fruit and not “fruits.” We are to possess all!

  9. The Love of God teaches us how to think • When we are emptied and transformed by God’s love, then we will respond to all things differently! (1 Cor 13:4-7)

  10. The Love of God teaches us how to think • 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 - Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

  11. The Love of God teaches us how to think • In the things that we experience we can choose to emotionally react or thoughtfully act out of love. • This is very difficult and requires diligent teaching and thought. • God’s love teaches us that God knows what happens to us and we should give God those things that we cannot change. (Mt 11:28-30; Lk 12:6-7)

  12. The Love of God teaches us how to think • Matthew 11:28-30 - "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

  13. The Love of God teaches us how to think • Luke 12:6-7 - "Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

  14. The Love of God teaches us how to think • When anger gives way to bitterness men can lose the ability to reason! • When men are stirred emotionally they can easily forsake sound men. (Gal 4:16-17)

  15. The Love of God teaches us how to think • Galatians 4:16-17 - Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth? 17 They zealously court you, but for no good; yes, they want to exclude you, that you may be zealous for them.

  16. The Love of God teaches us how to think • When men are stirred to anger they can easily forsake sound teaching.(Gal 5:8-10)

  17. The Love of God teaches us how to think • Galatians 5:8-10 - This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is.

  18. The Love of God teaches us how to think • You can see the rash, unmerciful way they speak and act. (Gal 5:13-16)

  19. The Love of God teaches us how to think • Galatians 5:13-16 - For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! 16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

  20. The Love of God teaches us how to think • Have you ever had to deal with an angry man, a “spear-thrower” in your life? • We have a great example of this situation in King Saul and David. • How can we keep from becoming like the unreasonable angry man?

  21. We will be tested in life by angry and unreasonable people. • God will let you be tested by unfair people! • There are many things and many people that we cannot change! We must know our limitations! (1 Cor 3:5-7)

  22. We will be tested in life by angry and unreasonable people. • 1 Corinthians 3:5-7 - Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.

  23. We will be tested in life by angry and unreasonable people. • Some work by intimidation and guilt to get their own way. • It is not uncommon to have an enemy without a cause! (Ps 35:19-21; 69:4)

  24. We will be tested in life by angry and unreasonable people. • Psalm 35:19-21 - Let them not rejoice over me who are wrongfully my enemies; Nor let them wink with the eye who hate me without a cause. 20 For they do not speak peace, But they devise deceitful matters Against the quiet ones in the land. 21 They also opened their mouth wide against me, And said, "Aha, aha! Our eyes have seen it."

  25. We will be tested in life by angry and unreasonable people. • 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.

  26. We will be tested in life by angry and unreasonable people. • A Christian’s effectiveness can be blocked to one who has listened to gossip! Unjust people will believe it. • The man who loves will believe all things and be just. (Prov 18:17)

  27. We will be tested in life by angry and unreasonable people. • Proverbs 18:17 - The first one to plead his cause seems right, Until his neighbor comes and examines him.

  28. We will be tested in life by angry and unreasonable people. • A person can do you wrong and then hate you! (Prov 26:28)

  29. We will be tested in life by angry and unreasonable people. • Proverbs 26:28 - A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it, And a flattering mouth works ruin.

  30. We will be tested in life by angry and unreasonable people. • Saul became David’s enemy because of envy. (1 Sam 18:7-9)

  31. We will be tested in life by angry and unreasonable people. • 1 Samuel 18:7-9 - So the women sang as they danced, and said: "Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands." 8 Then Saul was very angry, and the saying displeased him; and he said, "They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed only thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?" 9 So Saul eyed David from that day forward.

  32. We will be tested in life by angry and unreasonable people. • David would do anything for Saul! Even though David tried to help, this was something completely beyond David’s ability to change. • David has God’s love as his foundation. He kept his eyes on the Lord! (Ps 17:1-2, 7-8)

  33. We will be tested in life by angry and unreasonable people. • Psalm 17:1-2 - Hear a just cause, O LORD, Attend to my cry; Give ear to my prayer which is not from deceitful lips. 2 Let my vindication come from Your presence; Let Your eyes look on the things that are upright.

  34. We will be tested in life by angry and unreasonable people. • Psalm 17:7-8 - Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand, O You who save those who trust in You From those who rise up against them. 8 Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings,

  35. We will be tested in life by angry and unreasonable people. • Paul asked to be delivered from unreasonable men. (2 Thess 3:2)

  36. We will be tested in life by angry and unreasonable people. • 2 Thessalonians 3:2 - and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.

  37. Bitterness can overtake a child of God • When bitterness overcomes a person, Satan takes control of the heart. (Eph 4:26-27)

  38. Bitterness can overtake a child of God • Ephesians 4:26-27- "Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.

  39. Bitterness can overtake a child of God • You must let the desire for personal vengeance go. (Rom 12:19)

  40. Bitterness can overtake a child of God • Romans 12:19 - Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.

  41. Bitterness can overtake a child of God • When you fail to do this it will take over your heart like a cancer. • A bitter man will hide his motives! He will also lie to himself. (Prov 10:18)

  42. Bitterness can overtake a child of God • Proverbs 10:18 - Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, And whoever spreads slander is a fool.

  43. Bitterness can overtake a child of God • Sadly, some will come to you as a friend and have a heart of bitterness. Some will view you as a competitor. (Prov 27:6)

  44. Bitterness can overtake a child of God • Proverbs 27:6 - Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

  45. Bitterness can overtake a child of God • Saul pretended to care for David but actually wanted to harm him.

  46. Bitterness can overtake a child of God • He pushed for David to marry one of his daughters as an “honor” to him. His real motive was for David’s harm. (1 Sam 18:17, 20-21, 25)

  47. Bitterness can overtake a child of God • 1 Samuel 18:17 - Then Saul said to David, "Here is my older daughter Merab; I will give her to you as a wife. Only be valiant for me, and fight the LORD's battles." For Saul thought, "Let my hand not be against him, but let the hand of the Philistines be against him."

  48. Bitterness can overtake a child of God • 1 Samuel 18:20-21 - Now Michal, Saul's daughter, loved David. And they told Saul, and the thing pleased him. 21 So Saul said, "I will give her to him, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him." Therefore Saul said to David a second time, "You shall be my son-in-law today."

  49. Bitterness can overtake a child of God • 1 Samuel 18:25 - Then Saul said, "Thus you shall say to David: 'The king does not desire any dowry but one hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to take vengeance on the king's enemies.' " But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.

  50. Bitterness can overtake a child of God • David learned the difference between what Saul said and his motives. • An angry man will blindly sacrifice his family for his anger. (Eph 6:4)