The Root of Bitterness
The Root of Bitterness
The root of bitterness may not seem like a big deal. When we look at the given circumstances we may think it’s perfectly understandable and justifiable – in fact we will justify our actions. Let me assure you that it is a big deal. When we allow this root of bitterness to progress it will become a poison that will affect you and your friends and loved ones. It will even reach out and affect those that are beyond your circle of influence far more than you can imagine possible.
When you are unjustly maligned or injured by the actions of others, perhaps a member of your extended family, or your employer, or someone you go to church with, bitterness may feel like it is your right or entitlement. It may even make you feel safe, we all need safety zones. You may even feel that is the only response that you can have. This position will doom many of your relationships to failure. We haven’t even talked about the fact that this position is a sin and is senseless.
The cure for all of this bitterness is to trust your heart and to draw near with confidence of the throne of grace. Hebrews 4:1616 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. This circumstance may be painful and difficult for you, but you have both the potential and the opportunity to be made more like Jesus Christ, to be sanctified. This is God’s highest purpose for your life that you become conformed. Romans 8:2929 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
Even Jesus Christ himself, by the Father’s divine plan and purpose was perfected. Hebrews 2:1010 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. By His suffering He gained our eternal salvation but He also came to know what it feels like to be treated harshly, and to be taken advantage of, to be misunderstood, as we often are.
The root of bitterness will affect every inch of ground in your life if you let it. But God urges you to reach out and receive His grace. In so doing, your heart will be set free from the vice of unforgiveness; you will be released to love and serve Him and others. No longer; will that root of bitterness trouble you and defile others; instead, His grace will flow through you to others blessing everything you touch.