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Are You Bitter Toward The Wicked?

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Scripture: Psalm 73
Topics: Bitterness, Justice, Contributor: Joel Webbon

The psalmist believes that God will continue to be good to Israel as a whole, but he is doubting whether or not God will be good to him personally. His doubt stems from his consistent experience of seeing wicked people around him prosper. In this particular psalm, the psalmist has reached a point where his doubt has fully developed into bitterness and envy. However, all of this changes when he enters the sanctuary of the Lord.

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Are You Bitter Toward The Wicked?

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Scripture: Psalm 73
Topics: Bitterness, Justice, Bitterness, Justice, Contributor: Joel Webbon

The psalmist believes that God will continue to be good to Israel as a whole, but he is doubting whether or not God will be good to him personally. His doubt stems from his consistent experience of seeing wicked people around him prosper. In this particular psalm, the psalmist has reached a point where his doubt has fully developed into …

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Being Mistreated To The Glory of God

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Scripture: Psalm 43
Topics: Bitterness, Justice, Bitterness, Justice, Bitterness, Faith & Hope, Justice, Personal Holiness, Suffering & Persecution, Contributor: Joel Webbon

In Psalm 43, David pleads with God to deliver him from the hands of those mistreating him, but not before first submitting himself to be examined by God. John Calvin once said, “It is vain for us to expect that God will avenge the injuries and wrongs which are done to us, unless our own integrity be so manifest as …

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Enduring Criticism & Betrayal

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Scripture: Numbers 16Psalm 42
Topics: Bitterness, Justice, Bitterness, Justice, Bitterness, Faith & Hope, Justice, Personal Holiness, Suffering & Persecution, Anxiety, Bitterness, Suffering & Persecution, Church Unity, Contributor: Joel Webbon

Whether on the run from King Saul or his son Absalom, David has been effectively cut off the land of Israel, and most significantly, the Tabernacle. Therefore, the psalmist is deprived of the praise of God, the people of God, and the presence of God. He is consumed by a desperate, and even violent, thirst for the pleasure and privilege …

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Divisions In the Church: ‘I Follow Paul, I Follow Apollos’

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Topics: Bitterness, Justice, Bitterness, Justice, Bitterness, Faith & Hope, Justice, Personal Holiness, Suffering & Persecution, Anxiety, Bitterness, Suffering & Persecution, Bitterness, Submission to Authority, Church Unity, Church Unity, Contributor: Joel Webbon

10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,[a] in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there …

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The Highest Form Of Arrogance

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15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” 16 So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: 17 ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your …

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How Do I Respond To Betrayal?

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1 Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him. He cried, “Make everyone go out from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept aloud, so that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. 3 And Joseph said to his …