“Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.” ~Hebrews 12:15
Bitter fruit comes from a bitter root and can be easily seen or felt in people. Bitterness over an incident or a person will manifest itself sooner or later. A high octane ping goes off within you at their mere mention, sighting or trigger in your memory.
Bitterness is resentment, anger, sharp distaste of another and is easy to mask until, the root that sprung the bitter fruit appears. Bitterness comes from taking offense to someone’s actions towards you, betrayal, breach in relationship, bitter words spoken, bitter looks given, etc.
The other side of anger/hate is a bitterness rooted in an unresolved; unforgiven hurt. You are not over it if you are still talking about it. If you can’t or won’t let go, then bitterness has its hold on you. However, you must overcome it to move on and bear good fruit again. Fruit that is not overly sensitive, impulsive, or acting out in retaliation.
Bitterness springs up in you first before it defiles many. You can’t give away what you don’t have and you can’t have what you haven’t accepted. The roots or hurts of bitterness are on instant replay in your mind reinforcing the bitter root, thereby producing the bitter fruit in you.
What’s the bitter fruit? Rehashing, speaking negative of others/slander, unforgiveness, resentment, anger, retaliation, hatred and elimination.
Bitterness/offense is offered up frequently in our day. Let’s face it; we can take offense over just about anything. Taking offense is like taking poison. I wouldn’t take poison if someone offered it to me. It poisons you and all those around you.
When you hold on to bitterness, you play a judge over someone who will never be able to repay you for their actions because for you, it will never be enough. It won’t be enough because you have allowed them to affect your emotional, mental and spiritual being that physically, through your words and actions, affects others.
YOU have the power to release them to their own consequences and free yourself from the torment of replay, judge and bearing the bitter root.
Stop planting seeds of bitterness and watering its root. Don’t spread the bitter fruit, be healed within and bring healing to others. As a sower, you are known by what you sow. We are and we manifest what we allow into our lives.
Uproot bitterness and spread fruit from a good root!
Your friend and sister,