It’s a warm comfy blanket that’s infected with smallpox.
It promises relief, respect and redress. But it never delivers.
It doesn’t rebuild anything out of the ashes, it just destroys what’s left.
It doesn’t redeem the pain, it recreates it, forcing us to relive it.
It locks in our hurts and freezes our worst moment in time forever. It plays our pain on repeat in our heart and mind.
It re-inflicts the hurt and reinfects the wounds.
We’ve gotta fight bitterness like we would an escaped prisoner climbing through our child’s bedroom window. It’s plans for us are equally nefarious.
Bitterness is a reverse mirage. We often don’t see what’s actually there.
Hebrews 12:15 warns us:
“Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.”
We need to watch out for it because, bitterness starts so small. Often with a disappointment, an injustice, a hurt.
We often bury that pain. We pretend it isn’t there and hope it goes away. Which has a similar effect to pouring Miracle-Gro on a weed.
Unforgiveness and resentment come next.
And that environment is like a hothouse, providing the perfect breeding ground for bitterness.
We actually want healing, we want things to be right again, but the bitterness takes over, often without us even knowing it’s there.
We start being ruled by fears. And now, we’ve dug in, we won’t give an inch. Usually because we’re scared.
Our love has to be greater than our fear.
Bitterness, more than anything, is fear. The kind of fear which leads to disobedience.
It’s lack of trust, lack of faith.
It’s believing that we can’t obey God because He won’t get it right.
We feel like we have to take care of ourselves. But, if we’re being honest, how’s that working out for us?
God says forgive. Every time.
He’s got great things in store for us and love like we’ve never imagined if we just trust and obey.