Battling the Unbelief of Bitterness

Posted: July 24, 2013 in General

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/battling-the-unbelief-of-bitterness

“The final way to battle the unbelief of bitterness is to trust God’s purpose to turn the cause of your anger for your good.

1 Peter 1:6–7 says, “For a little while you may have to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

In other words, God allows trials in our lives that could make us very angry. If they couldn’t, they wouldn’t be trials. But the reason he does is to refine our faith the way gold is refined by fire.

This means that the battle against bitterness in the midst of trial is nothing other than the battle against unbelief. Will we look to the sovereign goodness of God, and believe that he means us good in the refining fire? Or will we surrender to unbelief, and let bitterness grow?”

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