Bitterness - Weekly Devotional
This week's focus: Bitterness
You won’t find many people who willingly describe themselves as bitter. From our own perspective, our bitterness or dissatisfaction is always justified. “It just wasn’t fair,” we argue to ourselves. This is the moment when the root of bitterness is planted: When we feel that we don’t get what we deserve. When we feel like we have been mistreated. Make no mistake, bitterness is a poison and a sin. (James 3:14-16.) It is a sin that has broken up marriages, friendships, and hindered many people from finding peace in life.
It isn’t a simple, innocent, or meaningless thing to be bitter – bitterness is a root that grows into division, accusation, and even hatred. A bitter root is a root that bears bitter fruit. So, it is possible for the seed of bitterness to be sown in a community, and though nothing is immediately apparent, in due time the inevitable fruit appears.
It costs something to put an end to bitterness in our lives and tear it out by the root. It means we must give up our pride and instead go the way of humility. We can arm ourselves with the mind of Christ and do God’s will. (1 Peter 4:1-2.) We need to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us and to help us. It is a decision that we need to make repeatedly in our everyday dealings of life. No matter what happens to us, we can choose love and goodness over bitterness and sin.
Hebrews 12:14-15 (NKJV)
"Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 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;"
- Lord, I thank You for Your grace and mercy on my life. Search my heart and show me if there is any bitterness in my heart. Forgive me for any bitterness that has been rooted in my life. I ask You to help me grow in love for You and others. I ask You to heal any wounds and repair anything that keeps me from loving You or others fully. Help me to pursue holiness.
- Pray for our nation this week as a new administration is sworn in. Pray for peace, pray for wisdom for our elected officials and pray for discernment as new people take on roles that affect policy, legislation and set the tone for the direction of our nation.
We want to see God honored in America, and we pray for an unprecedented spiritual awakening.
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