Don’t Be Bitter

July 15 | 2 Samuel 6:20

“Then David returned to bless his household and Michal, Saul’s daughter, came out to David and said, “How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ female servants as the one of the worthless men shamelessly uncovers himself!”” (2 Samuel 6:20)

No one wants to be around bitter people. They criticize every little thing you do. If they are miserable everyone is miserable. Our attitude is contagious whether it is encouraging or negative.

Michal picks up on her father’s vibes. King Saul was a sulking king. He could easily find fault. His son Jonathan didn’t turn out that way. But Michal had the same kind of attitude. When David brought the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem there was a great celebration.

Finally the presence of the Lord was returning to its rightful place. But Michal was in the royal palace watching the proceedings, watching David make a fool of himself. But David was rejoicing in this great moment.

He blessed everyone at the celebration ceremony. And when he returned to bless his own household only found was a better wife. She could criticize him for how he celebrated but she was not there. She could have easily joined in the celebration.

Bitter people watch life happen around them instead of living life. And they draw others into their tornado of bitterness. David’s heart was right before the Lord even if his clothes weren’t. Choose to have a right heart instead of every little thing in place.

Action Step: Watch your attitude and what you are encouraging around you. Negative attitudes are just as contagious as positive ones. Live life to the full and enjoy your mountaintop victories.

Jesus, may my heart always be right before you. Help me live life fully and enjoy the moments you have planned for me. Don’t allow bitterness to creep into my life.

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