August 5, 2015 by holy rollin hooker
You see, the problem with some people is that they are mad and resentful. If you were to ask them why, they’d more than likely not be able to tell you. I know this because I used to be one of these people. The really, truly sad thing is that some people like it this way. Anger, rage, unforgiveness, bitterness—these things provide convenient excuses for our actions. “I’m disrespectful to my parents because they did something to make me mad one day.” “I can’t go to church because of that one time when someone in church hurt my feelings.” “I can’t surrender to God because he didn’t do something I really wanted him to do.” All these occasions build bitterness and that bitterness, we think, gives us license to be mean or selfish or disrespectful or to wall ourselves off from the world. Umm…no.
God admonishes us to let go of these emotions and all the subsequent behaviors and attitudes that they lead to. In the scriptures just before this one, these actions are described as things that vex the “Holy Spirit of God.” We Christians, especially, need to let these feelings and actions go if we are to experience the Holy Spirit in full. God does not like all those bad vibes and he’s certainly not going to force his spirit to slog through them if a person is absolutely determined to hold on to them.
If you find that there is a marked absence of the presence of the Holy Spirit in yourself, your home and family, or your church, you might want to do a little investigating. Look for the common symptoms of unresolved bitterness and anger:
• Slander and character assassination
• Arguments and fights
• Intentional malicious and hurtful attacks
If you see any of this going on, it may be prudent to start praying against the spirits of anger, jealousy, hatred, and bitterness. And it is always, always wise to start examining yourself first to make sure none of these negatives feelings and behaviors are coming from you. I mean…wouldn’t that be a trip.