A friend of mine went through a massive emotional breakdown. After his
recovery, we went for a walk. “Luis,” he told me, “don’t ever
allow anyone to make you bitter.”
He told me about his breakdown which proved very embarrassing.

“My problems began when I got so worked up about the contractor who didn’t
build my basement and driveway right. I hated what he’d done to my home. And
since he lived next door, I saw him almost daily. Each time I saw him, my anger
and bitterness grew even more intense until I finally cracked.”

No wonder God’s Word is so emphatic: “Get rid of all bitterness”
(Ephesians 4:31). Why? Because if a “bitter root grows up” within
you, it will “cause trouble and defile many” (Hebrews 12:15).

Illustration taken from:
Palau’s book, How to Renew Your Spiritual
, Discovery House, 1995.

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Luis Palau and his ministry have shared the Gospel with more than 1 billion people through evangelistic events and media. He has spoken in person to 30 million people in 75 countries, with more than 1 million registered decisions for Jesus Christ. Luis Palau festivals have produced some of the largest audiences ever recorded in cities from south Florida to South America. His radio broadcasts in both English and Spanish are heard by millions on 3,500 radio outlets in 48 countries. Among other top-tier programs, Luis currently hosts Luis Palau Responde, an international Q&A program in Spanish, and Reaching Your World, a devotional-style program emphasizing biblical wisdom. He has authored close to 50 books, contributed articles on issues of faith to countless publications, and counseled business leaders, political leaders, and heads of state around the world.

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