How Bitterness Can Destroy Us!
How Bitterness Can Destroy Us!
17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." (Romans 12:17-21, ESV)
21 "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
"See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled" (Hebrews 12:15, ESV)
PRESS INTO GOD'S GRACE
"If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him." (Luke 17:3, ESV)
17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves..."
"There is never forgiveness without suffering, nails, thorns, sweat and blood. Never!" ~ Tim Keller
DESTROY EVIL WITH DELIBERATE GRACE
v. 20 - "To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink..."
" Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. (Galatians 6:1, ESV)
"If any relationship has cooled off or weakened in any way, it is always your move. It doesn't matter who started it!" - Tim Keller
Week 1 - How Bitterness Can Destroy Us
This weekend’s message discussed the danger of bitterness! In particular, how bitterness, when left unchecked by the grace and forgiveness of God, can destroy us. There are not many if any of us who could state that we have escaped the snare of this vicious and destructive emotion.
Today’s study will skip through a few passages from Genesis 37- Genesis 44. We will be looking at the story of Joseph--a story that contains examples of both unforgiveness and forgiveness and many opportunities for both along the way. Let’s start as a group, before reading, by trying to recall the story of Joseph (hint: the coat of many colors) and piece together as many facts as possible before we begin our study.
1. Let’s start in Gen.37. As a group, read v1-4. According to these verses, why do his brothers hate Joseph?
2. Let’s try and look at this story from a different perspective. There are two parties at fault here for the hatred Joseph’s brothers have toward him--who are they?
So we can see that Joseph really, for all intents and purposes, was not to blame for his misfortunes. His father was the instigator and his brothers could have handled their anger toward Joseph better. We see in v5-11 that two prophetic dreams further instigated his brother's hatred toward him. These dreams foretell of Josep