Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; – Hebrews 12:14-15 ESV
Are you like a porcupine? You may have a few good points, but you are hard to be near? Per Adrian Rogers:”Bitterness does more to hold back the Power of God than Liberalism, Alcoholism and Pornography. The Root of Bitterness keeps the People of God from having the POWER OF GOD and the Holiness of God that they need in their hearts and lives!”
Leader, the ROOT of Bitterness starts underground, in our heads and hearts, we feel we are owed, we deserve more! Our thoughts begin the germination, “We deserve better… they can’t treat me that way… who do they think they are….do they know who I am… i’ll never forget!” So the Bitter Root springs up and becomes BITTER FRUIT. The root produces the slow burn of WRATH which when given oxygen from the opening of doors into people lives and it BURSTS into the flames of ANGER. We then express it out loud with CLAMOR and the devil feeds that and we start EVIL SPEAKING which in today’s world- when it is OK to hate TRUMP and all who DONT hate him- manifests itself into MALICE; the DESIRE to hurt somebody physically.
Conduit; read the Sermon on the Mount, Luke 6:27-38. We are told how to treat those who HATE us, CURSE us, ABUSE us, and STRIKES us. Read Isaiah 53, and how Jesus is described; Man of Sorrows. It’s time to start being like our LORD and STOP being like the WORLD church! For many in the church are becoming DEFILED- UP UNTIL NOW!