Thursday, November 3, 2016

Online Bible Study: Becoming a Woman of Freedom Day 3: Bitterness is DESTROYING You

She holds her own when it comes to knowing the ‘proper’ way to handle herself.  IN person, she is a delight.  Even with her frenemies, she knows they cannot detect a smidge of edge in her conversation.  But she feels it. Knows it. On the inside.  The cut of the words, the smiles.  She betrays herself.  But only she knows the depth of her betrayal.  This is not the kind of woman she wants to be.  Going through the charade that she is fine.  Over it.  The disappointments have mounted.  And they are choking out her joy.  A garland of sadness decorates her insides. And her peace is tucked away somewhere.  A peace that she can’t seem to get to. And she can’t seem to access just by sheer will.

“You must remove all bitterness, rage, anger, threats, and insults, with all malice.  
You must practice being kind to one another tender-hearted, forgiveness one another, just as God through Christ has graciously forgiven you.”
Ephesians 4:31-32

Bitterness – Greek Lexicon
pē-krē'-ä (Key)

1.      bitter gall

1.      extreme wickedness

2.      a bitter root, and so producing a bitter fruit

3.      metaph. bitterness, bitter hatred

Strongs Concordance:

pik-ree'-ah; acridity (especially poison), literally or figuratively:—bitterness.

thü-mo's (Key)

1.      passion, angry, heat, anger forthwith boiling up and soon subsiding again

2.      glow, ardour, the wine of passion, inflaming wine (which either drives the drinker mad or kills him with its strength)
1.      anger, the natural disposition, temper, character

2.      movement or agitation of the soul, impulse, desire, any violent emotion, but esp. anger

3.      anger, wrath, indignation

4.      anger exhibited in punishment, hence used for punishment itself

1.      of punishments inflicted by magistrates
krau-gā' (Key)
an outcry (in notification, tumult or grief):—clamour, cry(-ing).
blä-sfā-mē'-ä (Key)
1.      slander, detraction, speech injurious, to another's good name

2.      impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty

Pulls away/put away
ī'-rō (Key)
·  to bear away what has been raised, carry off

1.      to move from its place

2.      to take off or away what is attached to anything

3.      to remove

4.      to carry off, carry away with one

5.      to appropriate what is taken

6.      to take away from another what is his or what is committed to him, to take by force

7.      to take and apply to any use

8.      to take from among the living, either by a natural death, or by violence

9.      cause to cease

Same word used in: 

Matthew 9:16 (talked about in this lesson)
"Besides, who would patch old clothing with old cloth?  For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before"

khä-rē'-zo-mī (Key)

You must practice being kind to one another tender-hearted, forgiveness one another, just as God through Christ has graciously forgiven you.”

What does forgiveness look like?

Please take the time to listen to this podcast on TRUE forgiveness that leaves dignity for the offended party

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