Resentment A Slow Silent Killer

Resentment A Slow Silent Killer

James 3:14-16 NIV “But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. [15] Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. [16] For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”

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“Bitter envy,” is a slow, silent, killer. A person can harbor resentment towards another for years without them knowing it. Then suddenly resentment springs up! It rears it’s ugly head through vicious attacks! Often the victims never saw it coming. But the persons displaying such hostility is even more of a victim. He/she has been overcome by the evil one. Repentance is a must. 

“Bitter envy,” (resentment) the Bible says is demonic. To harbor this spirit is to harbor a demon.😳 This evil spirit has creeped up on and inside of many professing Christians. How? Because they refuse to obey one of Jesus’ basic commands:

FORGIVENESS

Matthew 6:14-15 ESV “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

When you refuse to forgive others the evil spirit of bitter envy takes over. The door is wide open to be possessed by this demon and others. Demons operate in gangs. (Luke 11:24-26) The sad thing is this happens to people without them realizing it. It can happen to any of us. Some have been deceived into thinking they have a good relationship with God while harboring resentment towards brothers and sisters. (Matthew 5:21-24) What a deception! 

1 John 2:9-11 KJV  “He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.”

Forgiveness is at the heart of the teachings of Jesus Christ. How can you be a Christian and be unforgiving? If this is you, if this is me, we need to repent, and get this demon out of our lives. Then we will experience the refreshing joy of forgiveness in Jesus Christ.😊 The same joy and forgiveness He wants us to extend to others.

Obeying Jesus’ teaching to forgive keeps us free from the influence of the wicked one. Satan will try to get us to hold grudges. But consider this; no matter what anyone does to us, is it worth losing our souls?🤔 There’s no need to harm ourselves by inviting the evil spirit of, “bitter envy,” into our lives. Forgive as Jesus commands. Don’t fall for the Devil’s trick.

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