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Making Life Sweet Again

The English word "bitter" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word, biter, which meant to bite. The definition is in itself an object lesson of how things, or people, that are "bitter" will "bite" things, or other people, that they make contact with. It isn't a matter of "fault" as much as it is a matter of something or someone being made bitter, and so becoming a link in a chain of bitterness.

The Israelites, who had been welcomed into Egypt under "sweet" circumstances (see The Goshen Refugees and Prosperity During The Depression), are a prime example of inflicted bitterness (keeping in mind that those who made them bitter were themselves made bitter by their fear of the great number of Israelites in their country; see Why Were The Israelites Made Slaves In Egypt?).

"1:14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour." (Exodus 1:14 KJV)

"Except ye be converted, and become as little children"

Just as people can be made bitter (no one was created "bitter" - the reason that all babies are called "sweet"), so the bitter can be made sweet again - the point of Christ's "Except ye be converted, and become as little children" (Matthew 18:3 KJV).

The apostle Paul's "There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God" (see verses below) was obviously not speaking of those who have repented and begun Growing In The Grace And Knowledge. He was speaking of those who have yet to begin truly begin to do so - which is the reason that they are bitter, for they are still living with "no fear of God before their eyes."

The Holy Scriptures

"3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 3:13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 3:14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 3:15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: 3:16 Destruction and misery are in their ways: 3:17 And the way of peace have they not known: 3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes." (Romans 3:10-18 KJV)

James spoke of the same principle that where there is sweetness, there is no bitterness. Bitterness is unnatural to the way humans were created by the LORD (Adam and Eve only became "bitter" when they lost sight of God's Truth).

"3:11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 3:12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work." (James 3:11-16 KJV)

The Law of God and the Spirit of God are the "sweetener" of life (see The Two Great Commandments) that were the means of Creation itself i.e. "104:30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth" (Psalm 104:30 KJV). "Renewed" means to be new again.

"4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 4:27 Neither give place to the devil. 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." (Ephesians 4:22-32 KJV)

Fact Finder: Is the "land of milk and honey" a place, or moreover a way of "sweet" living?
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