ROOT OF BITTERNESS DISTANCE GOD’S GRACE AWAY
DECEMBER 2, 2022 / DAY 5#
Hebrews 12:15 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.
“When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.” This is a famous motivational quote from Bernard Meltzer, a motivator and renowned radio host of a program called “What’s your problem,” where he faithfully listened to his listeners’ complaints. Forgiving and letting go of bitterness is one message Bernard told people who came to him for their family, study even career problems. Thousands of American radio listeners have been motivated by his concept of forgiving. Many solved their problems and even experienced breakthroughs when they released forgiveness.
Ultimately, there is a strong connection between grace and bitterness in our hearts. The Bible records that Josef, who kept his heart calm by not putting vengeance or resentment towards his brothers, accepted the grace of God. He, who was sold as an enslaved person, and put into jail, was lifted to be second in command in Egypt after the Pharaoh.
Remember that God is love, and there is no hatred, disappointment, vengeance, or bitterness. There is only love, blessing, and grace. Living with anger will only keep us apart from God’s grace. Therefore, Keep your heart with all diligence. Don’t let the bitterness be rooted in our hearts. Learn to forgive, forget and bless those who hurt us. And we will always walk in God’s abundant grace. Amen.
There is a strong bond between BEING AWAY from GRACE with the ROOT OF BITTERNESS.
1. Do you still have a root of bitterness in your heart? What was it about?
2. What does the root of bitterness do to your life?
3. What can and should you do to keep away the root of bitterness and accept the grace of God?
“Lord Jesus, we thank You for Your forgiveness. Teach us to forgive as You did to us. Please pull out every root of bitterness in our life. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.”
YEARLY BIBLE READINGS
2 Samuel 23-24