Leave Bitterness Behind and Walk Towards Abundant Future (Noon)

FOOD FOR THE SOUL

Jeremiah 29:1-32

RHEMA

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

One afternoon, Jessie went shopping for daily necessities at a supermarket with her mother. She was given a sheet of paper that listed the items they were going to buy. It was her job to pick up the items and put them in their shopping baskets. Jessie saw the words “apples” on the list so she trolly to the vegetables and fruits section. After getting all the shopping items, she and her mother returned home. Jessie peeled the apple she bought. She was surprised because the apple that looked clean and beautiful from the outside had many worms inside.

How many of us might, without realizing, live like that apple? From the outside, we look fine, as if our lives are full of happiness. We might see the entertainment news that there are celebrities who from the outside seem to have no significant problems, but suddenly they decide to end their lives. Behind a life that looks successful and happy, it turns out that there are worms that are eating away from within. There are emotional wounds that have never been treated, even maintained, so that their lives are destroyed and even perished because of it.

There is nothing good in keeping bitterness or any other form of heart problems. The hurt we keep will eat away at your life from within. God wants us to be free from all forms of heart problems. God longs for us to experience true freedom. Trust and keep God’s promise that there is a glorious future that God has provided for us. But if our lives are still filled with bitterness, then darkness will prevent us from seeing the light that God has provided. From now on, decide to leave all forms of bitterness and darkness that are in our hearts, and live up to God’s extraordinary promise for each of us.

REFLECTION

God provides an abundant future for those who GET RID OF BITTERNESS.

APPLICATIONS

1. Have you ever been or are you experiencing bitterness? Are you freed already from that wound?
2. Why do you think you should throw away the heart problems from your life?
3. What commitment did you make to get rid of bitterness and all forms of hurt feelings?

PRAYER

“Lord, starting today, we want to commit to getting rid of all the heart problems from our hearts. We know it won’t be easy, but we also know that we have You, the God who enables us. We realize that You have planned a beautiful future for our lives, and we will not let bitterness keep us from receiving Your promise. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”