The Bitter Root of Bitterness (Hebrews 12:15)
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;
A certain man went to the doctor and told the doctor he was hurting all over his body. The doctor wanted to know the specifics of this man’s pain. The man told him when he touched his foot, he hurt. If he touched his nose, he also hurt. He proceeded to touch various areas of his body; with each touch the doctor noticed his pain was very real. The doctor diagnosed that the man had a broken finger. As with this patient, the bitter person finds pain in nearly every area of their life and often fails to properly diagnose the root of their misery. The reality of their misery comes from that root of bitterness.
A bitter person only focuses on their own personal pain. A bitter person looks at their own pain meticulously, but blindly ignores the pain of others. It is always self-inflicted. We cause our own bitterness. It will completely destroy you. Bitterness is holding onto an offence until it has a hold on you. If one decides to go this route; it is a personal choice. If you allow bitterness to rob you of your joy then you have no one to blame other than yourself. Bitterness is not something that someone can do to us.
A root is hidden beneath the ground, but it feeds the entire plant. The root of bitterness that is growing in many lives must be dug up and exposed for what it really is. As we diligently dig up the roots of bitterness within our lives, we will find that many of the roots have grown deep into our heart. This points to the deceptive nature of sin in the heart (Proverbs 4:23).
The person that willingly exposes the bitterness will realize that the bad taste in their mouth has practically ruined them socially, spiritually; and emotionally. The pill of bitterness is so hard to swallow, but when it has been swallowed it is even harder to digest. This bitter pill lodges within our very being and wreaks havoc upon us continually.
The sin of bitterness will spread poison in a church if the sinning person does not repent, or is not put out of the church. This person will cause trouble and many will be defiled. As a member of the church, you are responsible to make sure that no “bitter root” springs up and defiles others by turning them away from God.
Points to Ponder:
Bitterness is the most dangerous form of anger.
Bitterness is a deep seated, long burning, smoldering resentment.
Bitterness is an anger that is constantly brooding and holding grudges.
Bitterness, in its most poisonous stages, is a deep-seated anger that has stewed deep down inside until it's poison rules the heart.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, I ask You to examine my heart and expose any resentment or unforgiveness lest any root of bitterness would spring up inside me. Help me to walk in the Spirit that I may produce the Fruit of the Spirit. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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