brings______________? Does Resentment make you feel offended or aggrieved? Does Resentment give you a dose of bitterness? If so, watch out you may be in for some troubles according to Hebrews 12:15: “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many..
At times I feel aggrieved when I see a lack of integrity, or dishonesty, from others and or myself. I stand in my own circle and think, why in the world are they or me wasting time being of such character? Why? This is not to even mention the chaos in one’s mind when a politician proves to have no integrity after spending so much of their time making a hullabaloo over how great their character is, when it isn’t.
I could stand in a circle and say that is their problem and move on. Or, at least move around in the circle. Have you ever resented the fact the someone has gifts or talents that you don’t have? Do you walk around saying my sister/brother got all the talent in the family and left nothing for me. I applied for the job but someone without the right qualification got the position because of whom they know. The question is “Whom do you know”? Maybe both of you knew the ONE from whom all blessings flow?
Have you been part of a social where either you or them thought it cute, sweet, or funny, to try and put another culture, race or religion down? Did you wonder, do I even know myself being a part of this with my stupid laughter? Did you ever stop to think, it may not even be me but a root of bitterness. Think for a moment. You had a conflict or other circumstance that caused you to resent another. You acted on it with words, deeds or thoughts. A SEED, yes, a tiny seed and it took root and turned into a root of bitterness. It has grown into a big tree and produced many trees just like itself. You understand like “The Terminator.” The “Terminator” feels no pain, has no emotions and will stop at nothing to accomplish its mission.
“See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” In other words watch it that you don’t become a Terminator’ and start producing after your own kind.
We can log the forest of our hearts. We can uproot the big old ugly dirty trees/branches and send them out to sea if we speak to it by Faith, thereby destroying the effects the terminator has had on us.
Jesus said, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. (Luke 17:6)
As we celebrate “He is Risen” on Easter, let us rise to the occasion by allowing our Faith to roll the stones away from our hearts. When others see the tomb empty, let them cry out, They, too are Risen. Yes, Risen indeed. Happy Easter!