Astringent: Causing contraction of soft organic tissues (astringent lotions)
Another characteristic of bitterness concerns being astringent. When I researched the word "astringent" I was surprise to see a medical definition. I immediately related this to the fact that there must be a connection between "bitterness" and "sickness".
I noticed that the medical terms relating to this word are: analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic. The first word, analgesia, describes the ability to tolerate pain. Compare this to the bitter attitude. Some people have unresolved issues and become bitter in order to avoid being hurt again. The term angina is related to chest pain resembling indigestion, and is a symptom of an underlying heart problem. Relate this to the spiritual, bitterness is a "heart problem". Some experiences are hard to digest causing us to dwell on them instead of praying to God.
Logorrhea describes excessive talkativeness/or wordiness. Often when we are bitter about something, we constantly talk about the offense. We have not completely forgiven or let go of the situation, so we talk and talk and talk and talk. We want everyone to know how bad we were hurt.
Finally, palliate describes the attempt to "sugar coat". We may condone bitterness by trying to sugar coat our problem. We may even think that we have a right to be bitter. However, this is a trick of the enemy which causes us to become even more bitter.
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