Never Let Bitterness Take Root…

Hebrews 12:14-15

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the LORD:   Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled…

Sometimes, as a Christian, life is just hard.  I avoid using the word “hard’ when it comes to trials because Paul told us that the stuff we go through is considered light afflictions, but after living through 2016, I have decided to just let it fly.  Life can sometimes be HARD.  I think back over what has happened in my life over the past couple of years, and there is just no other way to put it.  In that space of time, my marriage broke up, I had to fight for custody of my children, I had to sell my home that I had lived in for nearly 20 years, I moved to a different city, one of my closest friends turned on me and developed an inappropriate relationship with my husband, family relationships became strained, and on top of all of that, my dad died.  Life is just hard.

I remember the day that we buried my dad as if it were yesterday.  I looked at my handsome father lying in the coffin with a beautiful navy blue suit on, and I was okay, because four hours prior to his death, he asked the LORD to save him, so I knew he was in heaven.  It wasn’t until they rolled his coffin out of the church that it hit me:  my hero was gone.  All of this was happening literally at the same time, and I sometimes felt like I was not going to be able to endure it any longer.

Now that the bulk of that storm has passed, I have begun to thank God for what He has done in me since enduring all of that.  I could have taken the path of least resistance and allowed myself to become angry, discouraged and even bitter, but the LORD would never allow me to go there, and if I did go there, He would never let me stay there.  The LORD would always bring conviction on me if I felt anger or resentment toward my husband for any reason….He would convict me if I felt that I wanted to take revenge on the friend who turned on me and took up with my husband….I would sometimes get angry because I had to go to the courthouse for whatever reason (because I HATE the courthouse more than anything else in downtown) but the LORD would not let me hold on to the anger.  As a matter of fact, He would put a sense of compassion in my heart for my husband, who would sit across the courtroom from me looking pitiful, defeated, simple and lost; and God would remind me that he is a soul who is on the wide road right now, destined for hell.  I thank God for that because had He allowed me to become bitter, I would not be able to pray for my husband’s salvation; I would not be able to be a good example to my children of what a Godly mother looks like;  I would not be able to teach them to pray for their father; and I would not have fellowship with the LORD Jesus.

Many would be defiled, as the scripture says, if I allowed bitterness to take root in my heart.  I hope that my story of conviction will bring someone else to repentance if there is any bitterness that may be at work in one’s heart.  If you think you may be bitter, confess it to the LORD.  The Bible says in 1 John 1 that if you confess, He is faithful to forgive you and cleanse you.  Do not let the root of bitterness take you down…

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