17 January 2021
Series: Bait

BAIT: Avoiding The Bitterness Trap

Bible Passage: Ephesians 4:31-32

OUTLINE
Trap: I am entitled to be bitter.

Truth: Forgiveness frees me.

  • Reality is my friend.
  • Release the offender by letting it go.
  • Rebuild your spiritual life by focusing on the gospel.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Would you rather interview Job about his life experience or Moses about his 40 years in the desert?
  2. What are the potential causes of bitterness?
  3. Describe the consequences of unresolved bitterness. How will bitterness affect your emotional health? Your relationships?
  4. Job had everything taken from him and he became bitter. (Job 7:11, 10:1, 21: 23-25, 27:2)
  5. When have you experienced bitterness? If you are able, describe your experience to your group.
  6. Painful experiences often result in bitterness.
  7. What practical steps can be taken to move from bitterness to forgiveness?
  8. Read the following: Job 42:10, Hebrews 12:14-15, and Ephesians 4:31-32.