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Podcast Question – I was wondering if you might do one of your podcasts on the subject bitterness. I know I’m fighting it in my mind because some things have happened in my church that has just been so nasty.
In talking with a friend last week, she too has bitterness and hurt because of things, plus when she was a youth at church. I told her I think it has to do with unforgiveness and maybe anger.
I also understand that it ties into training my mind to take godly thoughts. I just have not been able to get to the place where I can let go of things. For me, one of the things that has been hard is that I have sought counsel, but my counselor has gone to other people within the church slandering me to our community and other Christian organizations. It is very hard.
My flesh wants to go and put out every fire that starts to justify myself to everyone. You can see where I get myself in trouble. On the other hand, I understand that God is addressing my heart issues through it. I think part of my bitterness has to do with maybe not trusting God enough to give it over to Him. I know that’s a lack of faith! But in honesty, I have to admit to it. Anyway if you could address that at some point in the future I will be glad to hear it!
Rick Thomas leads a training network for Christians to assist them in becoming more effective soul care providers. RickThomas.Net reaches people around the world through consulting, training, podcasting, writing, counseling, and speaking.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology, and in 1991 he received a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).