Why Does bitterness live deep in the heart of many Christians? While writing my book, click Outrageous Forgiveness In 30 Days I discovered that bitterness among God's people as among the general population is a root sin that leads to a nightmarish tangle of addictions. Esau is the textbook 101 case.
Notice this amazing statement about Job: Job 42:10 "And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before."
I underlined a few words for emphasis though I could not think of any appropriate marking for Job’s Friends?. With his kind of friends who needs enemies.
When was Job a prisoner? When was he carried off to Babylon? Never?
So what was the nature of his captivity? He was bound in the chains of bitterness for what his friends had said to him and about him. Read his book. Near the end of the story God had a long talk with Job thus we come to today's verse.
God set Job free only when Job "let it go." God also returned Job to wealth and position twice as valuable as before, When "he let it go."
If God had double restored Job prior to the prayer of mercy toward his friends, all the money and prestige in the universe would not have compensated for the inner bitterness.
What should you really "let go?"
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