“BITTER-SWEET”
“Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?” (James 3:11) 
        Have you ever had an experience that seemed sweet at the first and then became somewhat bitter to take?  Let me give you a few examples of what I am talking about.  To so many couples, the marriage experience can be such sweet delight at the beginning (one out of two marriages end in divorce), but too often it becomes unbearably bitter for many different reasons.  Some friendships begin with the sweetest kind of fellowship, but a wrong word said or a hurtful act done can cause a bitter spirit to prevail.  Friends become strangers, sometimes even enemies.  A person can join a church and enjoy some of the sweetest moments in their lives, but it only takes one bad experience to make them very bitter.
       Christian, you and I are exhorted in Scripture to have a sweet, God-honoring attitude—in word and deed.  Many times we allow our flesh to dominate and dictate our words and actions.  But too many times, we want to maintain our “spiritual Christian” appearance, so we deny to ourselves and to others that we could be “unsweet” i.e., bitter.
         James said in James 3:10, “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing.  My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”  Now this does not need a lot of commentary.  We need to be effective witnesses, folks.  We must maintain a proper relationship with God in order to have the right attitude with one another.
         It should never be said of us Christians that we became a stumbling block to someone because of our bitter-sweet attitudes or actions.  The world is looking for consistency, not instability, which is seen enough in all phases of life.
         Please read very carefully and prayerfully James 3:1-18.  Remember, sweetness is more desirable than bitterness.                                                                                                                                                                       Pastor H. Preston Parker