Bitterness has a dangerous root. Like a tree root popping up out of the ground, we rarely seeing it coming. At the same time, we ignore the dangers it could impose like destroying property or becoming a tripping hazard.
The writer of Hebrews know of it’s danger and warned us to take caution:
Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. Hebrews 12:14-15
The writer encouraged us all to do whatever it takes to live in peace with all men and to make sure no bitter root grows. Bitterness causes great trouble. Bitterness, from Cain and Abel, has destroyed relationships and even murdered.
Living in South Georgia for so many years, swamps are part of the landscape. There are cypress trees in the swamp with a unique root system. One early assumption was the roots grew up to gather oxygen instead of down like other trees. Yet, it has been discovered the roots have no value at all. They are as benign tumors or burls. Yet, the major thing they do is keep people away from them. Like spikes, they grow upward and getting close or falling on them could damage a person or their boat craft.
Roots of bitterness are like the same. Like the cypress tree, they are not hidden where no one can see them but exposed where everyone can view it. In addition, roots of bitterness keeps people away preventing the person who was hurt from having healthy, normal relationships with others.
Another version of Hebrews 12:15 says this:
. . .whenever (the bitter root) springs up, many are corrupted by its poison. (New Living Translation)
The word corrupted is the greek word miano meaning to stain, pollute, or contaminate. No one likes being around a bitter person? They truly stain, pollute, and contaminate every environment they come in contact. They usually never see it yet leave devastation in their wake.
With whom or at what are you bitter? A parent? An ex-spouse? An ex-friend? A company where you use to work? A church or church leader? A boss or supervisor?
If you are bitter, today is the day to kill and pull up the roots. It is time to forgive. It is time to let it go. Co-Parenting with God as a Single Mother
Forgiveness is not fair. It doesn’t add up. It doesn’t equate but in God’s economy or in God’s Kingdom it adds up to benefit Him and most importantly to benefit you.
Unforgiveness hurts you and others. God’s Word declares in Ephesians to get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice and be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (4:31-32)
You are going to need forgiveness one day. So let’s take one step today and let’s try to forgive them. Tell Daddy God how bad it hurts but today you are going to begin to try to forgive. Take one step and let God help you take care of the rest.
Try and let’s begin the journey today to let it go!
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