Bitterness involves a constant interplay between the hands and hte heart, or between the mouth and the heart. It should not surprise us that in one of the Bible’s most extended explanations about the power of the tongue, we find the subject of bitterness mixed into the discussion. James 3:10-11 says, “from the same mouth comes both blessings and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? James is saying, we must examine the source that is producing the bitter words.” What lies under the surface of our actions may be more dangerous and destructive than what we see on the surface. God told Cain as he struggled with his bitterness directed toward his brother Abel, “Sin lies at the door” (Genesis 4:7). Bitterness lies in our hearts like a cancer that eats at us, and makes us miserable. We need to be aware of our hearts and allow the Lord to help us overcome the battle within us. We must learn to allow the Lord to deal with the bitter circumstances and people who are around us. Do not choose to allow the poison of their actions, or words to control our heart. Rather, put your trust in the power of God to encourage you in the midst of your circumstance. Trust Him in the midst of your battle to use those things to make you better, not bitter.