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FITC47 | Finding God In The Midst of Bitterness – The Gospel of Naomi

FITC47 | Finding God In The Midst of Bitterness – The Gospel of Naomi

Bitterness is poison. It can eat away at person’s soul, robbing them of joy and leeching our spiritual life. You can always tell when a person is bitter because it oozes out like an open wound.

If we’re honest with ourselves, bitterness is slightly intoxicating, even euphoric. It feels good, making us feel empowered and in control of our life or another person.  But in the end, the only one hurt by bitterness is the person who is bitter.

In reality, it’s slavery — trapping us in a constant cycle of negativity.

That’s why the Bible warns us to avoid bitterness. The Apostle Paul emphatically taught, “Get rid of bitterness!” (Eph. 4:31). Yet the Bible also teaches something else — God’s unique ability to turn bitter situations into stories of incredible encouragement. Such a story is found in the story of Naomi.

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Sermon Topic: Bitterness

Original Sermon Date: May 14, 2017

Current Sermon Series: Mother’s Day Sermon

Sermon Text: The Book of Ruth

Key Notes to Remember

  • Bitterness is corruptive that it can even distort common sense.
  • Our anger against God does not negate His faithfulness to us.
  • We do not always understand God’s providential plans for our lives.

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Jonathan G. Smith

The Rev'd Dr. Jonathan G. Smith is the Senior Minister of Redeemer Church in Orlando, Founder of Grace Nation, and owner of Higher Purpose Coaching. His passion is to see people transformed by the Gospel, the liberating power of Jesus Christ.

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