A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed (Proverbs 15:13, ESV) Our life is governed by our hearts, and especially the human spirit inside of us. Prov. 4:23 tells us to guard our hearts with all diligence because our lives are determined by what is in it.
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye (Col. 3:13 KJV) As long as you are still living on earth, you will be called again and again to either give or receive forgiveness. You will either give or receive
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 (Heb. 12:15 ESV). The root that causes bitterness can easily be understood if you imagine a root supporting a tree that produces a bitter or poisonous
“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
A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones. (Prov. 17:22 NASB) Bitterness in our hearts will lead to more bitterness, thereby creating opportunities to be even more bitter, and triggering a cascade of bitterness in our lives. We become bitter when our hearts are wounded by life, such as
The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear? (Prov. 18:14 KJV) Bitterness devours our lives, just as cancer ravages the body. We do ourselves a great favor by watching our hearts carefully to keep clear of any bitterness and resentment. The scripture above poses a question that