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Beware bitterness

Cross thoughts: Christian ideas seen in Sudanese every day life.

“See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many”.

Hebrews 12:15

Bitterness is being very angry when things upset you. The Bible warns bitterness is a root that grows into big trouble if it is not dealt with.

The fighting of December ‘13 to February ’14 has left many South Sudanese with hugely bitter feelings.

These photos are from the Kenana sugar company’s website. The production area is nearly 280km south from Khartoum, amid the clay plains between the Blue and White Niles.

Sugar is very sweet! I suggest both South Sudan and Sudan need what I will call: “Kenana Christians” – believing women and men who will choose to reject all forms of bitterness and cultivate loving, kind, gentle, attractively fragrant and pleasant lives.

Would others describe you and your life as bitter or sweet?

See also:

  1. “All are under sin …. their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness”. Romans 3:(9)14.

  2. “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice”. Ephesians 4:31.

  3. “But if you harbour bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it and deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is “earthly” unspiritual and of the devil”. James 3:14-15.

Keep thinking about this every time you stir some sugar into your tea!

March 2014.


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