Scripture for Today: Hebrews 12:15 “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 be defiled;”
Roots are a good thing normally. They are what support and sustain the plant. But then there are those roots that support and sustain what is unwanted; those nasty weeds. I can be quite proud of myself when I have cleared a large area of weeds in a short time. But if I have not gone deeper, digging after those roots, then of course it all needs redoing very quickly. Those roots are tenacious. A weed can seem deceptively small but the root can go on and on. There is a such satisfaction in getting to the hidden root and pulling it all up.
Today’s verse speaks of the damage that is done by a root of bitterness. It can spring up out of nowhere. It is a surprise when it surfaces as normally it is well hidden. And of course, the longer it has been hidden below the surface, the longer and more entrenched it becomes! The problem of an unforgiving spirit can seem like that deceptively small weed. In pulling it out all seems resolved on the surface. But the Holy Spirit wants to dig deeper and reveal the problem of bitterness underneath.
Digging hurts. The conviction of the Spirit can be excruciating. Oh, but the relief to have that long root pulled up and out! There is freedom in having that bitterness eradicated. Often, the offending party is not even aware. But the whole process is heart wrenching as I give up the hurt and the any thought of revenge. There is freedom in giving the whole mess over to the Lord.
Thank you Lord, that You can take that bitterness away.