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Half Of Nothing

Resentment Foolishness Divorce

Source: Good Morning America

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-13

Scripture: Hebrews 12:15

Author: Illustration Exchange


Click here for a Good Morning America video of man who literally cuts everything in half to comply with a court order to give his wife half of everything.


Resent will rob itself in order to withhold from someone else. It isn’t satisfied until everyone has been cheated.

“See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up and causes you trouble, or many of you will become defiled” (Hebrews 12:15). 

Bitterness Quotes

Bitterness Resentment Forgiveness

Source: Various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-28

Scripture: Various

Author: Various


“Bitterness is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” [Attributed variously]

“Holding a grudge is like letting someone live rent-free in your head.” [Author unknown]

“Bitterness is cancer - it eats upon the host.” [Maya Angelou (1928 – May 2014) was an internationally acclaimed American author, poet, most famous for her autobiography I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS.]

“It is a simple but sometimes forgotten truth that the greatest enemy to present joy and high hopes is the cultivation of retrospective bitterness.” [Robert Menzies (1894 – 1978), was an Australian politician and the 12th Prime Minister of Australia.]

“When someone hurts you, cry a river, build a bridge, and get over it.” [Author unknown]

“AS I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” [Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013) was anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served 27 years in prison for his activism, and later became the President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.]

“Never trust your tongue when your heart is bitter.” [Author unknown]

“Part of the problem with the word 'disabilities' is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who ca't feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people who are't able to form close and strong relationships? And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives, or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love? These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities.” [Fred Rogers (1928 – 2003) was an American educator, Presbyterian minister, songwriter, author, and television host, most famous for creating and hosting Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.]

“We live with the scars we choose.” [Author unknown]

“A bitter man needs to place his troubles on the front of his tongue so that they taste sweeter.” [Jay Wickre, author Dubious Musings of a Peculiar Man.]

“Bitterness: anger that forgot where it came from.” [Alain de Botton (1969 - ) is a Swiss writer, philosopher, and British television personality.]

“There’s no such thing as a bitter person who keeps the bitterness to himself.” [Erwin W. Lutzer (1941 - ) is an evangelical Christian pastor, teacher and author.]

“Every test in our life makes us bitter or better. Every problems comes to break us or make us. The choice is ours whether we become victim or victor.” [Author unknown]

“Bitter words normally evaporate with the moisture of breath, after a quarrel. In order to become permanent, they require transcribers, reporters, complicit black hearts.” [Barbara Kingsolver (1955 - ) is an American novelist, essayist and poet.]

“Up from behind a sand dune close beside her rose the form of her enemy Bitterness. He did not come any nearer, having learned a little more prudence, and was not going to make her call for the Shepherd if he could avoid it, but simply stood and looked at her and laughed and laughed again, the bitterest sound that Much-Afraid had heard in all her life.” [Hannah Hurnard, as quoted from Hinds' Feet on High Places.]

“Never be bitter, become better. A testimony is pain that has been reassigned” [Johnnie Dent Jr., is a modern American author, speaker, youth counselor and talk show host, dedicated to social reform in the African American community through the restorative power of the Gospel message.]

“Cries for justice are often the bitter laments of the vengeful.” [Wayne Gerard Trotman (1964 - ), is a British independent filmmaker, writer, photographer, composer and producer of electronic music.

“Unforgiveness is choosing to stay trapped in a jail cell of bitterness, serving time for someone else’s crime.” [Author unknown]

“Latent in every man is a venom of amazing bitterness, a black resentment; something that curses and loathes life, a feeling of being trapped, of having trusted and been fooled, of being the helpless prey of impotent rage, blind surrender, the victim of a savage, ruthless power that gives and takes away, enlists a man, and crowning injury inflicts upon him the humiliation of feeling sorry for himself.” [Paul Valéry (1871-1945) was a French poet, essayist, and philosopher.]

“Allowing bitterness into your life is like spraying yourself with a can of loving relationship repellant.” [Author unknown]

“The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. And the first to forget is the happiest.” [Author unknown]


Many of the above quotes provide their own points of application. They do not necessarily represent the views of Orthodox Christianity; neither do they necessarily represent the views of Illustration Exchange.

Unrecognized Blessings

Attitude Resentment Spiritual Blindness

Source: Unknown

Contributed By: Matt Hilgaertner | Date Posted: 2014-10-03

Scripture: Galatians 3:264 ; Matthew 7:11

Author: Unknown


There’s a story about a young man who was getting ready to graduate from college.  For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car, and knowing his father could afford it, he told his dad on several occasions that it was all he wanted.  Finally, on the morning of his graduation, the young man’s father called him into his private study.  His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and how much he loved him.  He handed his son a beautifully wrapped gift box. 

Curious, but disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young man’s name embossed in gold.  Angrily, he raised his voice to his father and said, “With all your money you give me a Bible?”  And then stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible behind.

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business.  He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was getting quite old and thought perhaps he should go to him.  He hadn’t seen his father since that graduation day.  But before he could make arrangements, the young man received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and that he needed to come home immediately to take care of things. 

When he arrived at his father’s house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart.  He began to search through his father’s important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago.  With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages, when a car key dropped from the back of the Bible.  It had a tag with the dealer’s name, and on the tag was the date of his graduation along with the words, “Paid In Full.”


How many times do we miss God’s blessings because they are not packaged as we expected?  Instead, we should trust His generous heart.  We should believe that what He gives will lead to what we need.  

"So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him" (Matthew 7:11, NLT).

Two Monks

Resentment Spiritual Health Burden (Spiritual)

Contributed By: Mark Sinor | Date Posted: 2014-08-25

Scripture: Ephesians 4:31 ; Hebrews 12:15

Author: Dr. Anthony T. Evans

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Crushed By Vengeance

Vengeance Resentment Bitterness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-09-03

Scripture: Romans 12:19 ; Proverbs 20:22

Author: Clifton Fadiman and Andre Bernard

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Snake Bit

Resentment Bitterness Forgiveness

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2012-01-16

Scripture: Hebrews 12:15

Author: E. Stanley Jones

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The Power Of Sweetness

Retribution Resentment Kindness

Contributed By: Ron Henson | Date Posted: 2011-07-12

Scripture: Proverbs 16:24

Author: Ron Henson

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What If God Canceled Us?

Forgiveness Politics God's Love

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2021-03-28

Scripture: 2 Peter 3:9 ; Hebrews 7:25

Author: Neal Pollard

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Simon the Leper

Forgiveness Grace Mercy

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2020-01-13

Scripture: Matthew 26:6

Author: Thomas Bevers

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Debt Canceled

Forgiveness Grace Debt

Contributed By: Charles Schuyler | Date Posted: 2019-09-15

Scripture: Romans 6:23 ; Ephesians 2:8

Author: Charles Schuyler

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