Monday, October 26, 2009

Getting Rid of The Root of Bitterness

I'm currently reading a very good book that I purchased at a women's retreat called "How to Be Free From Bitterness" by Jim Wilson.



In chapter one, the author comments on Hebrews 12:15: "See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many."


He writes:

"Here it describes bitterness as if it were a root. A root is something that is underground and cannot be seen. But there can be visible evidence of its presence, as when sidewalks are lifted. Roots do other things. The fact that you cannot see roots does not mean they are not there. Neither does it mean that you will never see them. They drink in nourishment, and they do not stay roots under the ground. Eventually they come up....Beware lest any root of bitterness spring up, cause trouble, and defile many people, which means to make many people filthy."


and

"So the world has two solutions. Keep the bitterness in and make yourself sick, or let it out and spread the sickness around. God's solution is to dig up the root. Get rid of it. But this takes the grace of God. A man must know the Lord Jesus Christ... He is the source of grace. The world's solutions for bitterness shouldn't be used by Christians... The Bible says get rid of all bitterness. You must not keep it in and you must not share it. Surrender it to the Father, through the Son."

How often do I follow the world's solutions, rather than the Biblical way of dealing with bitterness? This is a good word to start the morning off and to motivate me toward reading the rest of this book.

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