10 KEYS - DEALING WITH THE ROOTS OF BITTERNESS
LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF HEBREWS 12:15
"Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many."
1. Prayer - Prayer renews our strength in the lord , prayer invites His presence into our situation , prayer heals our pains . Jesus in the book of Luke 22:44 prayed the more when he was in agony at the garden of Gethsemane. Why ? to receive strength to face the death on the cross . So what do we do when we get bitter , rather than allow our flesh to prevail ,we turn it into prayer and pour out our heart unto the lord for help .Psalm 62:8 (NIV)"Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge."
2.Be full of joy - joy has a way of healing our bitter hearts . Why? the spirit of joy comes from His presence and when we are in His presence , bitterness cannot stay .Why? when you are in His presence , you also joy His love and His
love never fails , is one of the greatest gifts in scripture . 1 Cor 13:13(NIV)"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
3. The power of love - why did Jesus say to love our enemies , because He knows we would encounter issues like this , bitterness , hatred etc. but love has the power of destroying the works of bitterness in our lives . Why ? true love
remembers no wrongs .And the more you love God as the first commandment given to us in scripture, the more grace that comes upon you to fulfill the second commandment. Matt 22:37-39 (Amp)37 And Jesus replied to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].’"
4.Thoughts - bitterness always springs forth from our thoughts. What we think about , the hurts , the pains leads us to become bitter . but there is a cure for it , when we deliberately choose the kind of thoughts that we allow in our hearts. Scripture says it well in Phil 4:8 (NIV)"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." When you meditate on these things , it stirs your joy and heals the pain/bitterness in your spirit.
5.Knowledge - bible says it better - what you know is what will deliver you in times of crises. Prov 11:9b" but through knowledge