Proverbs 14:10 Each heart knows its own bitterness and no one else can share its joy.
We have all tasted something bitter: candies, a green apple, lemons, etc. We have all tasted of things that are sweet. I love sweet stuff!!! But what if all that we had to eat tasted bitter? Sour fruits and candies that make us pucker and our jaws tingle. What if that was the only flavor that we could taste?
We would soon be tired of tasting such bitterness and crave a sweet piece of pie or cake. Yet, many of us harbor bitterness within our hearts, feeling only negative and destructive emotions.
Sour grapes that are there because of some injustice that we have experienced.
Nagging, negative feelings that steal our joy and rob us of the sweet stuff in our lives. The bitterness overpowers the sweet enjoyment of even the small things.
There is no peace alongside bitterness. When we lose that inner peace, we are vulnerable to many negative emotions; susceptible to distancing ourselves from our relationship with God.
Bitterness is directly related to unforgiveness. The lack of letting go of that injustice and enjoying the "peace that passes all understanding". Offenses and injustices will come because we live in a fallen world. Hurts will happen because we fail one another as human beings.
Forgiveness is commanded! (Matthew 6:14-15) Getting rid of bitterness begins with forgiveness which in turn will allow us to enjoy the "Sweet Stuff".