"Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:
Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled...." Hebrews 12:14-15
adj. bit·ter·er, bit·ter·est1. Having or being a taste that is sharp, acrid, and unpleasant.2. Causing a sharply unpleasant, painful, or stinging sensation; harsh: enveloped in bitter cold; a bitter wind.3. Difficult or distasteful to accept, admit, or bear: the bitter truth; bitter sorrow.4. Proceeding from or exhibiting strong animosity: a bitter struggle; bitter foes.5. Resulting from or expressive of severe grief, anguish, or disappointment: cried bitter tears.6. Marked by resentment or cynicism: "He was already a bitter elderly man with a gray face" (John Dos Passos).
root 1 (rt, rt)
1. bitterness - a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will n.1. The usually underground portion of a plant that lacks buds, leaves, or nodes and serves as support, draws minerals and water from the surrounding soil, and sometimes stores food.2. Any of various other underground plant parts, especially an underground stem such as a rhizome, corm, or tuber.3. The embedded part of an organ or structure such as a hair, tooth, or nerve, that serves as a base or support.
In the physical, earthy sense, if you have ever worked in a garden or a yard, you know about ROOTS. Those are the essential parts of a plant or a tree that feeds the plant and enables it to grow and flourish. If the roots do not have any food, (water, nutrients) the plant will die. It cannot develop and prosper without the roots providing food.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23
"....Of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." (Read Galatians 5:16-21)
What is the cure? How can we escape such painful self-destruction?
"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, EVEN AS GOD IN CHRIST FORGAVE YOU!" Ephesians 4:30-32Can it be that simple? Is it even possible? How can I let go of my feelings of hurt, humiliation, shame, anger, disappointment, self-righteousness, resentment, and allow myself to forgive?
"Therefore, be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma." Ephesians 5:1-2
Christ forgave me. Christ forgave you. Christ died for me. Christ died for you. Christ suffered agony on the cross for me. Christ suffered agony on the cross for you. Christ didn't have to do that, but He did it anyway, willingly, lovingly, deliberately. Why? Because He loves me. Because He loves you. Because He wants to spend eternity with you and me. That's why. I don't deserve that. You don't deserve that. We deserve to die. But Christ came and saved us so we could have eternal life.
He forgave me...and all He asks is that I forgive others just as He forgave me and gave His life for me. Is that too difficult for me? Is that too difficult for you? Forgiveness...freedom...eternity...This is something to think about. This is something to do. With God's help...it IS possible.
Please click on this link for a song that speaks to what I've been saying here. Let this message settle into your heart today."Forgiveness" by Matthew West Let it permeate the hidden places in your heart, soul and mind that are still harboring bitter roots of unforgiveness...and ask God to help you let it go.