Hebrews 12:14-15New American Standard Bible (NASB)
14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. 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;
I want to have good fruit in my life. I want my family to have good fruit. I want my friends to have good fruit in their lives. Why then, am I finding roots that are bitter in my life, in my families lives? Why do we allow bitter experiences to make us bitter in our lives? Why, like in my garden in summer time, am I finding bitter roots that need to be pulled up?
Because sometimes bitter roots are planted. I have not always walked with God. Even after, it wasn’t for a long time til I learned the truth about bitter roots, and that I had a lot of them to deal with both in myself and in my children. God has been very patient with me.
I read a post earlier, from a woman who had just had her second child and was overwhelmed with being a mommy. Its a tough job really. Not all babies like to sleep. Not all babies are peaceful and calm. Then there are dishes, laundry- endless laundry piles, picking up toys, and, especially with a newborn, dropping everything to answer the cries. Your body, your life, is no longer your own.
Sometimes there is a husband who is working, children that are sick, and an infant who is just not happy, and a mom who is just plain exhausted and can’t take one more thing, when that one more thing suddenly just happens.
Then troubles come your way and you don’t handle them well, because, well, they are really painful at the time. A boyfriend who you really enjoyed spending time with, suddenly breaks up with you, with no reason. A grandmother who passes away suddenly, who had been a constant in your life up until that point. Friendships that change and well, move on, or end because of some poor life choices. People in authority over you who are hurt and wounded, and wound you.
Bitter roots can be planted at those times. Sometimes, in a heart that is hurting, anger takes over and things are said that are hurtful and hard. Yes, we always have a choice. We can choose to turn that experience to good, to a sweet experience, or we can allow bitter roots to take hold. Now that I know about them, I need to do something about them. I have not always lived the way God wants me to live. I have not always turned bitter experiences into sweet experiences.
I have learned that now, when bitter roots are exposed as I dig in the dirt of my heart, and the heart of my children, I can choose to pull out those roots, and sow good seed. I can help my children choose to allow those roots to be pulled out and good seed sown in their place.
James 3:17-18New American Standard Bible (NASB)
17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [a]reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. 18 And the [b]seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace [c]by those who make peace.
Good fruit. I want to pull out those bitter roots of bitter experiences, hurtful words and anger, and replace them with good fruits, seed whose fruit is righteousness and sown in peace.
This Valentine’s week, the “show love week”, I pray that I can replace bitter roots with good seed. Lord, thank you for Your love for me. Thank you that you can help me to replace bitter roots with good seed.
What has God shown you about this??