Even though we are saved. Even though we have Jesus in our hearts. There is something that can corrupt us…not only us, but it will also spread to others…
It’s not really the only thing…anger also corrupts…jealousy too and a few other things…but today, we will focus on this…
Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. Hebrews 12:14-15
The bitter root can feel like a complicated thing.
Have you ever spoken with someone and even the very tone of their voice sounds bitter? Have you heard a person who complains about everyone? Do you know a person who always says, “Oh, I’ve forgiven (so and so)” yet, you feel inside your spirit that they have some residual unforgiveness in their heart? Have you ever struggled to walk out forgiveness?
One practice that I have…and have mentioned recently…is this, if someone asks me if I have forgiven someone or something, whether I feel that I have or not, I say, “I thought I had, but if you’re bringing it up then I know I must need to revisit it.”
Listen, only a prideful heart would demand that they had nothing else to deal with over a certain point of forgiveness. Humility always surrenders to examination. I want to live that way. Always willing to examine myself and my motives.
Are you willing to hold your heart before the Lord and allow Him to examine it?
You may be scared, but it will bring you such freedom! It’s worth it. Growth is always uncomfortable.
God, come into my heart and reveal to me any areas of unforgiveness and bitterness. I want to be pure and holy. I long to be closer to You. Snip off all bitter roots in my life. I surrender to the Master’s hand. In Jesus’ name, Amen.