November 22, 2012
Maya Angelou said, "Bitterness is like cancer, it eats up the host." There is truth in those words.
Cancer lives off the host and in the end kills the host—thereby killing itself. What an illogical thing to do! Why would we allow anything to continue within ourselves and feed that thing until it kills us? Bitterness is one mindset that is destructive to the self (Hebrews:12:15). There are other thought patterns that are also detrimental to ourselves—and for some reason we seem to revel in those, too.
Pride, vanity, bitterness, envy and the thirst for power are some of the works of the flesh that consume our time and finally take our lives. God wondered about the nation of Israel—why would they choose death just to have their own way (Ezekiel:18:31)? All of God's admonitions are given to promote life. Choosing any other way is the well-travelled road to death (Matthew:7:13). Life ends soon enough without out hastening that day. Fight those cancers.