I got to the restaurant before Stan did one morning. He came in a few minutes later after I was enjoying my first cup of coffee.
As he sat down at the table, I said to him, “Watch out for the new coffee blend that’s available.”
“Watch out for what?” Stan asked.
“It has a very interesting flavor,” I said. “On first taste, it is very bitter, but just a touch of the sweet cream they provide turns it into a fabulous treat. Without the sweet cream, the coffee can knock you off of your chair, but with it, the bitterness is gone and it tastes wonderful.”
“Sounds a lot like some people I have known,” Stan replied.
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“People who are filled with bitterness over things that have happened to them, or things they think have happened to them.”
Continuing, Stan then said, “But when the sweetness of Christ is poured into them, their lives change. The bitterness is gone. They become new creations who spread the sweetness of Christ wherever they go.”
“On the contrary,” Stan continued, “I have known a lot of people who have never discovered or have rejected the sweetness of Christ. Their lives are filled with bitterness which they spread all over the place.”
“Sweet is a whole lot more enjoyable than bitter,” I added.
“Amen to that,” was Stan’s response. “And it is a choice. You could have refused to put the sweet cream in your coffee and sat there complaining about its bitterness.”
Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Prayer: Lord, you know how terribly destructive bitterness can be. Thank you that you have the remedy for all bitterness through the indwelling presence of Christ through the Holy Spirit. Thank you for the sweetness that Spirit provides as the remedy for all bitterness. Please, Lord, help me to never fall into the trap of bitterness, but to always turn to the sweetness you provide so I will spread sweetness rather than bitterness. Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.