Yesterday we encountered Jesus saving a woman by asking the crowd to look at their own sin first. That story reminded me of how easy it is to slip into bitterness and blame others for what happens to us. Hebrews 12:15 “See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.” I am reminded that bitterness can ‘spring up’. Those thoughts against others, of wrongs done to you, lost opportunities, soured relationships and in general the hard things of life that can make us bitter. It would seem that author of Hebrews is saying it is a choice and is encouraging us to live with an awareness of what bitterness can do to us and to those around us if we allow it to fester and grow. It can deprive us of the grace of God as well as others. It can pollute the atmosphere around us and cause others to be bitter. So today I will consciously choose to be tenderhearted as described in Colossians 3:12 “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility , meekness and patience.” I will choose to leave bitterness behind today. Join me in leaving bitterness behind and walk with forgiveness in your heart through the Grace of God trusting Him to erase the hurt and fill it with love.
Prayer: Father, show me where bitterness is springing up in my life and help me to confront it with forgiveness and put it behind me. Ease the hurt and the claim bitterness has had on me and help me to walk in your Grace. Your favor is all I need to overcome bitterness as You promise that your grace is sufficient for all my needs and that You can use me even with my weaknesses. (2 Corinthians 12:9) Thank you Jesus. Amen.
Desiring to live for Jesus without the baggage of bitterness and to be -,