One of the tricks of gardening is to keep the weeds pulled out of the garden. One weed can deposit many seeds which will later become weeds, so it is vital for the garden’s health to keep the weeds out. It seems life works the same way.
There are many circumstances that can creep in and plant “weed seed” in our lives. Hard times, medical difficulties, disappointments, and setbacks can throw out seeds of doubt, envy, and even bitterness. When things do not go well, bitterness is a feeling which may easily come. It may have started to come for Job.
In chapter 23, Job remarks his complaint is a bitter one. He cannot comprehend why his life is going through this season of pain and suffering. He has done nothing wrong, yet everyone accuses him of wrongdoing. Perhaps Job is growing weary of his suffering, so he begins to feel bitter. This may be a normal emotion as it is not the momentary feeling of bitterness that causes much damage. The damage comes when bitterness takes root and upsets our lives.
Hebrews 12:15 encourages us to not allow bitterness to take root. The writer says bitterness can ruin lives. The Message puts it this way, “Look after each other so that not one of you will fail to find God’s best blessings. Watch out that no bitterness takes root among you, for as it springs up it causes deep trouble, hurting many in their spiritual lives.”
The Bible recommends we get rid of anything that may cause bitterness in our lives. For some, this may be unforgiveness. Holding on to a grudge can be fertile soil for bitterness to grow.
Do you feel bitterness taking hold in your life? What is causing it? Try turning the cause over to the Lord, and allow his grace to destroy the root bitterness is growing in your life.
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