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19 Dec – A bitter pill to swallow

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There is a saying “it’s a bitter pill to swallow,” which means something that is very unpleasant but must be endured and accepted. Most of us know what it is to have to face difficult or uncomfortable situations or be told something we’d rather not hear. However I wonder how often we “swallow” things we were never meant to “eat” of or that Jesus wants to carry  amd bear for us?

Perhaps instead of casting our cares, disappointments, stress and worries upon Jesus, we often take far to literally the idiom “swallow the bitter pill” and find ourselves in a place of accepting or enduring hard situations, relationships and life’s tough places rather than appropriating the truth of what Jesus has done for us?

Jesus doesn’t want us to have to carry or “swallow” the bitterness of life, for when we swallow something we are partaking of that thing and it then becomes a part of us, when in fact Jesus “swallowed” all the bitterness for us already when He carried and died for all our griefs, sorrow, sin, sickness and pain.

The question then to regularly ask ourselves is what are we eating of? What are we accepting or enduring? Is it pain, disappointment and bitterness like the bitter pill or are we eating those things that are good, true, pure, lovely and worthy of giving a shout about?

For there are some pieces of information we shouldn’t, for our own good eat of; there are some relationships that aren’t healthy and there are some situations where Jesus never expected or planned for us to face alone.

Today don’t feel like you have to keep on eating of the hard things of life or that it is always necessary to simply endure and swallow the bitterness. We were never created to live like that and Jesus went through a lot on a Cross to ensure we didn’t have to live afflicted and beaten down by life. He swallowed the “bitter pill” of a wooden cross so that we could live free, casting our cares upon Him and receiving in return His strength, comfort, peace, joy and fullness of life. Choose to “feast” on Jesus and His goodness and throw that bitter pill away.

Surely He has borne all our griefs and carried our sorrows….He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5 NKJV)

Jesus said, “ I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect – life in Its fullness until you overflow.” (John 19:10 TPT)

Prayer: Lord thank you that you have already carried and bore every grief and sorrow I could ever face. You took the “bitter pills” so I wouldn’t have to. Today I’m throwing any “bitter pills” away and choosing to “eat” of the life you have for me. In Jesus name amen

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