Big Idea

Bitterness can rule your life.

Scene Setup

Goob comes back from blowing a major play at a championship little league game. There he runs into Bowler Hat Guy who has some advice for him about what to do with his anger and disappointment.


Bitterness, Anger, Hate, Forgiveness, Mercy


Bowler Hat Guy smeaks into Lewis' room, hoping to surprise him. But it is Goob who walks through the door. He has a black eye and a bag of ice on his head. He explains that he was beaten up on the field and called names. Bowler Hat Guy looks sympathetically on Goob, and observes that the game "didn't go so well, huh?? Goob matter-of-factly replies, "No, I fell asleep in the ninth inning and I missed the winning catch. Then I got beat up. Afterwards, the coach took me aside. He told me to let it go. I don't know. He's probably right..." But Bowler Hat Guy interrupts, "NO! Everyone will tell you to 'let it go and move on' but don't! Instead, let it fester and boil inside of you. Take these feelings and lock them away. Let them fuel your actions! Let hate be your ally, and you will be capable of wonderfully horrid things! Heed my words, Goob. Don't let it go."


Two paths set before Goob: his coach says that he can ignore what he has done and what has been done to him -- he can "let it go" -- or he can follow Bowler Hat Guy's advice and hold on to his anger and disappointment and "let it fester and boil" inside of him. While Bowler Hat Guy's advice is exaggerated and designed to be funny, how many times have we gone along with just that kind of advice in our own lives. We hear a little voice inside of us whispering that we are right, and everyone else is wrong; that we may be angry, but we have every right to be. We remain sulky, irritable, and bitter. Unfortunately, even the coach's advice is incomplete. God does not ask us to just forget about our own bad actions, or to forget when others have wronged us, and simply "move on." Instead, God tells us to forgive -- to clearly see the wrongs that have been done to us and make a conscious effort to choose not to retaliate, but to mend the broken relationship. Bitterness seeks to harm others but usually just ends up destroying the embittered person. We need to learn to follow the example of Jesus and forgive others as God has forgiven us.


Where To Find


Hebrews 12:15

Matthew 5:43-48

Ephesians 4:31-32

Mark 11:35-36

Proverbs 11:17

Video Times

Start: 0:39:01

End: 0:40:44


Bitter, Bitterness, Anger, Angry, Disappointed, Disappointment, Hate, Hatred, Forgive, Forgiveness, Mercy, Merciful, Enemy, Enemies

Illustration Sermon General Warning

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