Today’s Promise

July 8, 2022

No Root of Bitterness

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.
Hebrews 12:15

Every command of God comes with a promise. God never commands you to do something He hasn’t already empowered you to accomplish.

Hurt Leads to Bitterness
You can’t travel through life without experiencing some hurt or disappointment. People are going to let you down, and you will make decisions you regret.

Those hurts and disappointments can take hold of your heart if you aren’t careful. Unresolved hurt always leads to bitterness. This verse describes bitterness as the root of a plant growing deep into your heart. Once that root of bitterness takes hold, it grows and flourishes.

When you don’t deal with bitterness, it always causes trouble. How many unhappy, bitter people do you know who have never dealt with the hurt or disappointment in their past? 

Forgiveness Destroys Bitterness
You remove the root of bitterness through forgiveness. For most of us, that’s easier said than done. Only through the grace of God can you truly forgive others and yourself. It was God’s grace that forgave all your sin. It was his grace that brought restoration to your soul. You can forgive others for the hurt they have caused you because God’s grace flows through you. 

Sometimes, the most difficult person to forgive is yourself. To truly forgive yourself, you need God’s grace. Only His grace can empower you to forgive your past mistakes and sins. How can you not forgive yourself, when God has already forgiven you?

As you show others the same grace and forgiveness Christ gives you, you will find the roots of bitterness wither and die. It takes time, but as you release forgiveness through God’s grace, you will find new freedom, joy, and happiness.

Let’s review that promise again.

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. – Hebrews 12:15

Make these confessions.

  • With God’s grace – I will not allow bitterness to take hold of me.
  • With God’s grace – I forgive others the way Christ forgives me.
  • With God’s grace – I forgive my past sins and mistakes.
  • With God’s grace – I’m pulling up every root of bitterness growing in my heart.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen

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5 Comments

  1. NNC July 9, 2022 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Yes I am dealing with bitterness toward a loved one and I’m having a lot of trouble releasing it to God. Need help God 🙏🏽

  2. John October 20, 2022 at 5:46 am - Reply

    So my wife decided to cheat on me. After being caught she still has the audacity to blame me for her actions. I read the above article but honestly i do not feel like forgiving. How do you forgive someone who shows no remorse for their actions?

  3. gail October 28, 2022 at 8:32 am - Reply

    John, I am so sorry for your betrayal. However, forgiveness isn’t earned, it is granted, for Jesus’ sake, not the offender. For your freedom, not your wife’s. It is an act of mercy to forgive, not something that she deserves.

  4. T. Hall November 2, 2022 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    I just want to release this bitterness that I have against my ex-wife for turning my children against me, I use to have custody of my 4 children3 girls and 1 boy. I was a single parent who moved on after divorce. My ex-wife came back filing false accusation against me saying that I molested my children, coaching them. I was investigated and they founded that the children was being coached.. I have tried to forgive after this complaint. Ex-wife became homeles s with the kids and I let them stay at my house regardless of the false complaint. after leaving finding a place. We go back to court,and she is ordered to allow me visitation. She re-file another complaint again just so I won’t see my youngest child. Praying to release this bitterness I have against my ex-wife.

    • Billy Taylor November 2, 2022 at 2:04 pm - Reply

      I’m praying for you. Releasing forgiveness and bitterness is usually a process. It begins with a step of faith to say “I forgive you.” Then asking the Lord to bring the healing in to your life. – Billy

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