Guard against turning back from the grace of God. Let no one become like a bitter plant that grows up and causes many troubles with its poison. Hebrews 12:15
Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it. Bitterness paralyzes life; love empowers it. Bitterness sours life; love sweetens it. Bitterness sickens life; love heals it. Bitterness blinds life; love anoints its eyes.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
Our enemies are spiritual ones, they influence and seduce us with thoughts, words and a thousand other things! One of the things that attack many of us and goes unnoticed is our perspective, which is in direct relationship with our emotions. I have seen many, even myself, become bitter in or by what seems to be the Christian walk. Things are not always what they seem, and this makes people sick.
It’s a lie of the enemy to make us feel like outcasts, like the only person going though a hard time. It’s an even bigger lie of Satan that you are a victim: looking for pity and babying yourself, or looking for others to baby you. If unaddressed these lies become bitterness, which contaminate us. The side effects of bitterness are unsatisfied, discontent, critical and/or complaining spirits.
Bitterness is more than a feeling of disappointment, unforgiveness or resentment: it is a poison which harms others. Historically, the Israelites who complained about their journey through the wilderness ended up complaining against Moses. These people were destroyed by the destroyer (1 Cor. 10:10).
Although our respective walks may be challenging, there are things we must learn on our own. There are certain things God must allow so that we can experience who He really is: like Job. We must know Him personally, and not settle with knowing Him according to what we have heard or what we have been taught. And we must guard our hearts, from any spirit of offense.
Discouragement and weariness may visit us for a season, but we must avoid bitterness from growing roots in our lives. Let your faith grow deep roots of love.
Lord Jesus, thank you for bringing this teaching to us today. Thank you for unmasking the devil’s schemes which may keep up from entering the Promised Land which you have for us. I ask you to uproots all seeds of bitterness, or even roots, big or small, which are trying or may be implanted in our hearts. I ask you Lord to teach us to fill the empty places which your love as you clean us from the inside out, in Jesus name. Amen.