Bitterness is a terrible companion to do life with. It is the awful after-math of a wrong suffered, an offense, a deep disappointment, or a neglect. You name it - anything that enters your heart and continuously makes its presence known.
Bitterness is most often the fruit of unforgiveness.
You may have been overlooked, mistreated, or neglected. The offense may have been intentional or not. Still, that seed took root in your heart and now the fruit of it is flavoring your whole world in the worst way.
Hebrews 12:15 warns, “Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.”
The root of bitterness grows up slowly.
It is not so noticeable at first but eventually flavors our whole outlook on life. Bitter people become sharp-tongued, resentful, cynical, cold, and harsh without even realizing it. When you are bitter, the offender is present at every meal. They stand there in every conversation and sit next to you in church. Even in the intimacy of your bedroom, they are there. Always present in the corner of your mind.
You probably cannot remember what the pastor preached last Sunday. You can remember in vivid detail what that person or people did or said 10 years ago that offended you.
If you recognize this bitter root in your life,
1. Ask the Holy Spirit to soften your heart and extract it.
2. Faith may require an action on your part.
3. The Holy Spirit will instruct you and if necessary, bring in reinforcements by talking to a godly friend or leader.
4. Whatever you do – don’t allow that thing to grow up in your heart and defile you!
Thats my thought this Monday Morning.