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Seeds of Bitterness

 

(Hebrews 12:15) “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;”

(Matthew 5:23-24) “So if you are presenting your gift at the altar and remember there that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and first go and be reconciled to your brother. Then come and offer your gift.”

 

 

God is very serious about the seeds of bitterness we carry within us. Everyone is bound to get hurt by someone at some point in life. But we have to be careful how we handle that hurt and how we project that on others. We can become bitter and angry at everyone around us, without them having anything to do with the real problem. We have a bad day at work or a bad experience at the supermarket and we take it out on our children or our spouse.

We can even become an accomplice to the gossip and malice of someone else with a bitter heart has towards someone at church. We are quick to judge and assume we know all the facts of the situation. This is especially common when a couple is facing divorce or separation. They start to infect the minds of their closest friends against their partner and build a case against them through you. Be careful not to become carriers of their bitterness or their lack of love and forgiveness. 

How many people have we infected with our bitterness towards someone? How many innocent lives have been devastated because of our lack of forgiveness? God holds us accountable for every word spoken against anyone. Jesus is so serious about this that even your offering brought to church, which includes your worship, is not pleasing to Him, if anyone is bitter against us.

Notice that Jesus here makes it clear that it doesn’t matter if you are fine with yourself and are able to forgive. He is concerned about the fact that someone might have something against you. It takes humility to approach that person and make amends, even if you are not at fault.  That seed of bitterness they carry against you might end up infecting others. So be quick to listen to them, apologize for any mistakes made, and don’t worry about being in the right. Just focus on clearing the air and making sure that the brotherly love continues to show that you belong to Christ.

 


Don’t forget that if they are in Christ, you will be spending eternity with them. God will judge you on what you do, not on what others have not done. 

 


Prayers

• Jesus, You are Creator of Israel, Shepherd of Israel, Ruler of Israel.
• Thank You that You make us aware of the seeds of bitterness in our hearts.
• Thank You that You strengthen us to love and forgive those that have offended us in any way.
• Forgive us for having carried any seed of bitterness in the past against anyone.
• Forgive us for having infected others with our bitterness.
• Give us the courage to contact people from our past that might carry any bitterness against us.
• Give us the humbleness to ask for forgiveness from them, even if believe we are right.
• We want the love of Christ to reign in our lives and in our church.
• We cancel right now any plans of the enemy to bring division in our family, church, or community through seeds of bitterness.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen

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