“See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled” (Heb. 12:15 NAS).
Man is a spirit being, and bitterness does to our spirit what poison does to the body. The spirit is the source of man’s life that sustains his body and mind. The scripture teaches us that the spirit of man controls and determines our thoughts, actions, and words (Proverbs 4:23, Mark 7:21). Harboring bitterness, resentment, or unforgiveness is signing up for spiritual disaster.
Many of us think the commandment to forgive and to not keep bitterness is just one of God’s commandments to obey to please him. No! It is His commandment to save you from destruction! It is not for God but for you, because He knows that your spirit man will be ruined by harboring bitterness. Bitterness attracts bitterness, because Satan will organize a party for his demons in a bitter heart! Do not open yourself up for spiritual oppression. Heed the Word of God today: “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (Eph. 4:31-32 NAS).
Why will bitterness cause trouble in your life, as stated in the main verse above? Why is it difficult for us to let go or forgive?
APPLY THE WORD
The instruction from the Word above is simple and clear—put away bitterness. One of our greatest temptations is to give ourselves a reason to keep bitterness within. Do not accept this lie from Satan. Look at Eph. 4:31-32 above again, and just do it!
Ask the Lord for the grace to forgive and cleanse your heart of bitterness today.
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