28 Quotes About Bitterness

  • "Until we taste the bitterness of our own misery we will never relish the sweetness of God's mercy. Until we see how foul our sins have made us we will never pay our tribute of praise to Christ for washing us... If you would know the heart of your sin then you must know the sins of your heart!"

    - William Secker
    Topics: Bitterness, Mercy, The Heart


  • "Follow Him as well for the bitter cup of His passion as for the loaves."

    - Jeremy Taylor
    Topics: Obedience, Bitterness


  • "When anything in life is an absolute requirement for your happiness and self-worth, it is essentially an 'idol,' something you are actually worshiping. When such a thing is threatened, your anger is absolute. Your anger is actually the way the idol keeps you in its service, in its chains. Therefore if you find that, despite all the efforts to forgive, your anger and bitterness cannot subside, you may need to look deeper and ask, 'What am I defending? What is so important that I cannot live without?' It may be that, until some inordinate desire is identified and confronted, you will not be able to master your anger."

    - Tim Keller
    Topics: anger, bitterness, forgiveness, happiness, idolatry, security


  • "Nothing can alter the character of God. In the course of a human life, tastes and outlook and temper may change radically: a kin, equable man may turn bitter and crotchety: a man of good-will may grow cynical and callous. But nothing of this sort happens to the Creator."

    - J.I. Packer
    Topics: God, Bitterness


  • "When the root is bitterness, imagine what the fruit might be."

    - Woodrow Kroll
    Topics: Bitterness


  • "Uncontrolled temper is soon dissipated on others. Resentment, bitterness, and self-pity build up inside our hearts and eat away at our spiritual lives like a slowly spreading cancer."

    - Jerry Bridges
    Topics: Bitterness, Self-pity


  • "Love alone makes heavy burdens light and bears in equal balance things pleasing and displeasing. Love bears a heavy burden and does not feel it, and love makes bitter things tasteful and sweet."

    - Thomas a Kempis
    Topics: Love, Bitterness


  • "We are to find as much bitterness in weeping for sin as we ever found sweetness in committing it."

    - Thomas Watson
    Topics: Sin, Bitterness


  • "If someone is leaving you behind, and you are becoming jealous and embittered, keep praying that he may have success in the very matter where he is awakening your envy; and whether he is helped or not, one thing is sure, that your own soul will be cleansed and ennobled."

    - William Law
    Topics: Jealousy, Bitterness


  • "An evidence that our will has been broken is that we begin to thank God for that which once seemed so bitter, knowing that His will is good and that, in His time and in His way, He is able to make the most bitter waters sweet."

    - Nancy Leigh DeMoss
    Topics: Bitterness


  • "Frequently the enemy entices Christians to harbor an unforgiving spirit - a very common symptom indeed among God's children. Such bitterness and fault-finding and enmity inflict a severe blow upon spiritual life."

    - Watchman Nee
    Topics: Forgiveness, Bitterness


  • "Faith makes all evil good to us, and all good better; unbelief makes all good evil, and all evil worse. Faith laughs at the shaking of the spear; unbelief trembles at the shaking of a leaf, unbelief starves the soul; faith finds food in famine, and a table in the wilderness. In the greatest danger, faith says, "I have a great God." When outward strength is broken, faith rests on the promises. In the midst of sorrow, faith draws the sting out of every trouble, and takes out the bitterness from every affliction."

    - Richard Cecil
    Topics: Faith, Good and Evil, Bitterness


  • "If I was to ask you tonight if you were saved? Do you say 'Yes, I am saved'. When? 'Oh so and so preached, I got baptized and...' Are you saved? What are you saved from, hell? Are you saved from bitterness? Are you saved from lust? Are you saved from cheating? Are you saved from lying? Are you saved from bad manners? Are you saved from rebellion against your parents? Come on, what are you saved from?"

    - Leonard Ravenhill
    Topics: Salvation, Bitterness


  • "Too many Christians become bitter and angry in the conflict. If we descend into hatefulness, we have already lost the battle. We must cooperate with God in turning what was meant for evil into a greater good within us. This is why we bless those who would curse us: It is not only for their sakes but to preserve our own soul from its natural response toward hatred."

    - Francis Frangipane
    Topics: Bitterness, Good and Evil, Hatred


  • "Be careful, dear friends, that you do not misrepresent God yourselves. You who murmur; you who say that God deals hardly with you, you give God an ill character; when you look so melancholy, worldlings say, "The religion of Jesus is intolerable;" and so you stain the honor of God."

    - Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Bitterness, Worldliness



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