Heb.12:14,15 – Pursue peace with all people, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;

I’m not bitter – I have yet to find anyone who will admit that they are bitter. As they vehemently deny bitterness, they proceed to spew out venom, albeit justifiable venom, against those who they believe wronged them. As the ranting continues there is always the ‘I forgive them added in’. Today’s passage warns in the strongest language against a root of bitterness that not only defiles us but its poison effects everyone who hears the complaints. This is one of the most dangerous offenses one can fall into; not only are you effected but everyone that listens to you is poisoned as well. Here is how Barclay describes this passage.

“There is the danger of missing the grace of God. The word he uses might be paraphrased as failing to keep up with the grace of God. The early Greek commentator Theophylact interprets this in terms of a journey of a band of travelers who every now and again check up: ‘Has anyone fallen out? Has anyone been left behind while the others have pressed on?’ In Micah, there is a vivid text (4:6): ‘I will assemble the lame.’ James Moffatt translates it: ‘I will collect the stragglers.’ It is easy to straggle away, to linger behind, to drift instead of to press on, and so to miss the grace of God. There is no opportunity in this life which cannot be missed. The grace of God brings to us the opportunity to make ourselves and to make life what they are meant to be. Anyone may, through lethargy, thoughtlessness, unawareness or by putting things off, miss the chances which grace brings. We must always be on the look-out against that.”

The only protection we have from this error is the spiritual oversight the Lord has raised up to lead His church. This is one of the main jobs of pastoral leadership, leading the flocks to streams of mercy and forgiveness. After all, if He has forgiven us for all of our mess, we must walk in love and forgiveness to those who have sinned against us. This is how we root out those roots of bitterness from His church.

4 thoughts on “I’M NOT BITTER”

  1. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. We can’t help but reveal the condition of our soul. With some people, just their greeting will do it, others are better at concealing by using phrases meant to shield themselves and their issues from exposure. God is light and shadows are illuminated in His presence. Some of my greatest changes occurred after “getting caught”

  2. Yes!! Out of the abundance of the heart out mouth speaks… for some reason this reminds me of the guy that got clean…but the devil returned with 7 more of his friends. There’s a difference between having a clean house and being DELIVERED!!! Have mercy on us Lord! Sing your Song of Deliverance over us and help us reach out and catch the Song!! Forgive us when fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring!!

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