3rd June 2019

Root of Bitterness

“…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.”
Hebrews 12:15 (NKJV)

Bitterness can come out of anger and disappointment at being treated unfairly. It is synonymous with resentment and envy. In Genesis 4:2-8, we read of how bitter, angry, and dejected Cain became. Verse 6 (AMPC) says, “the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? And why do you look sad and depressed and dejected?’” Cain believed that he was treated unfairly.

Christians can be affected by bitterness in many ways—regret, jealousy, envy, just to name a few. Colossians 3:8 warns, “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.” And bitterness can be added to this list!

From my own personal experience I could have become very bitter with my Dad, Why? Because I grew up not knowing him. For years I tried to find him, but without any success. But what I didn’t know was, he was alive and living in London for many years. It was through a miracle that we came in contact with each other. The first thing I said to him was “You are forgiven.” I could have become very bitter with him, but that is not the way a Christian (a follower of Jesus) should live. Hebrews 12:14 (NIV) encourages us to, “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”

The best remedy for bitterness against anyone is prayer and forgiveness, as we are instructed in Ephesians 4:32 (AMPC) “And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tender-hearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you.”

Prayer
Eternal God, thank you that through the sacrifice of your son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, our sins have been forgiven. Help us to truly forgive who may wrong us. We pray in Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by Dennis Payne

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About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of the Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church