There is not much difference between the two words bitter and better. Just one vowel changes what these letters put together mean.
As I think about events in my life and how things have happened in the last year or two I think about these two words. And I ask myself which am I? With all the difficulty I have encountered and events that have taken place and continue to take place in my life I could take a sour attitude in life. But likewise I can be smarter and in a good place to continue to live. No doubt I have had some things happen that are difficult and troubling. My sinfulness and my own doing caused some of these difficulties, but others were just plain old bad stuff from the world. All of them together are yes very difficult, and I realize the strain and stress I have encountered. But God’s Word has told us to expect trouble.
1 Peter 4:12-13 ESV Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
John 16:33 ESV I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
As a matter of fact the Bible tells us that His grace is sufficient and always there even when we have failed or are troubled. Peter denied the Lord. Paul struggled with what he called a thorn in the flesh but the Lord restored and used these men in powerful and dynamic ways. When trouble comes we have to decide if it makes us bitter or better?
James 2:1-4 ESV 2Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.