by PamFord Davis
3/21/2009 / Devotionals
Our taste buds normally work very well. We are quick to recognize a food that is salty, sweet, spicy or sour. Many of us like the sensation of that sweet taste way too often! Sometimes the characteristics are blended like a sweet and sour oriental food, or a trail mix that includes salty nuts with sweet chocolate bits. My understanding is that our sense of smell greatly influences the ability to taste. A friend shared that she had lost most of both. Do you like sour foods? My oldest Sister would often cut lemons in half, then suck out the juice! It just about makes me pucker thinking about it!
Sour foods can be bitter, and hard to swallow. I have heard stories about the frequent use of Castor Oil many years ago. I think it was a cure-all, taken for what ever ails you! I seems it was very bitter and was avoided when ever possible. It left a bad taste in your mouth! Don't you hate that? It makes us find something fast, anything to get rid of that bitter taste!
If we try so fast to remove a bitter taste from our mouth, why are we so slow to remove bitterness from our hearts? Often people hang on to that for dear life! A grudge, unforgiveness, bitterness will take up residence within and settle for the duration! We must learn to get rid of it the instant it shows up. Quickly find something to replace it, as we usually get rid of a bitter taste in our mouth, with a sweet and refreshing taste. The best things to fight off a bitter taste in our hearts are the perfect blend of love and forgiveness. It is a recipe for joy!
Freelance writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, also in Mary Hollingsworth's The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter.
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