If you have bad fruit in your life, then there is a bitter root somewhere that is producing it.
See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
Bitterness is more devastating than betrayal; it will eat you up like cancer.
Betrayal is something others do to you; bitterness is something you do to yourself!
It will contaminate and destroy everything you do in your life, it doesn’t matter whether you call yourself a church-going Christian or not. It is so unfortunate to see Christians hurting Christians, Christians holding unforgiveness towards one another. Do we have a right in the first place to hold on to unforgiveness when God Himself has forgiven us?
IT’S TOXIC AND POISONOUS
Increasing medical evidence has been revealing that the root of bitterness and unforgiveness is largely responsible for a lot of psychosomatic and physical illness in human beings in the present society. When you hate somebody you kill yourself either directly or indirectly!
You know what? When you withhold forgiveness, you might think you are punishing and hurting the other person, but in reality you are actually hurting yourself more!
You lose the joy of living. It hangs over you like a cloud, affecting everything you do. You become drained out, you age fast and you look miserable.
Time is speeding past us and in fact we are running out of time so to speak, SO we have no time to waste away in UNFORGIVENESS and BITTERNESS. Meanwhile, it’s appalling to discover many lives have been fractured, many families have been divided and many people are sick and miserable because of the “bitter root of unforgiveness.”Many people are not able to come to terms in view of hurts and pain derived from unforgiveness and bitterness. It is a sorrowful state because of “this bitter root” which is unfortunately not dealt with in many lives, Christians particularly.
What did Jesus say? If you do not forgive others my Heavenly Father will not forgive you.
When we hold on to unforgiveness and we live with grudges we are only building walls of separation. We may think we are protecting ourselves but in reality you aren’t! We will be simply isolating and feeling lonely and miserable wrapped up and imprisoned by our own bitterness.
TEAR DOWN THE WALLS AND YOU WILL LIVE
You know what? Those walls that we build around ourselves will also block God’s blessings and favour from pouring out into your lives. Can you imagine when God’s favor and blessings are not flowing in your life?
Jesus prayed to the Father for those who were crucifying Him on the cross. “Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing.” How could you not forgive when the Son of God Himself chose to forgive? Jesus says if you do not forgive, neither will your Father forgive you.
“For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. and he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation” (2 Cor.5:19)
He gave all He had to purchase you back from darkness into light to carry a message of reconciliation to the world.
When we carry the message of reconciliation to the world we reflect the heart of the Father. We become the light and the salt of the earth. We become a hope to the hopeless. We resurrect those who are sick, fractured and dying in the bitter root of unforgiveness.
Have you ever questioned yourself as to why some people do not really enjoy peace and joy in their lives? One of the common characteristics is that they always try to justify themselves. They will always say other people are wrong, they are right and perfect. They demand forgiveness and apology from others. They turn out to be no better than unbelievers. In fact there are a lot of outsiders who are more forgiving and kind than the stubborn church-going Christians unfortunately.
THERE IS JOY AND PEACE IN RECONCILIATION AND FORGIVENESS
You know what? When you choose this line of action to forgive..you will discover, very quickly:
No.1) It increases your energy,
No.2) It builds your potential. In other words you become productive in whatever you are doing.
No.3) It brings God’s grace and favour on you
No.4) Your life span and health increases tremendously. You will have long life.
PEACE WITH GOD CANNOT BE ACCOMPLISHED BY JUSTIFYING YOURSELF
Your peace with God is never attained by your defensive attitude that’s an absolute lie of the devil. Listen! Despite all your good excuses to justify yourself for withholding forgiveness to somebody, may I say to you, God will never compromise with you no matter how good your excuses maybe.
But you know what? In the midst of all this, you and I are so fortunate to live in this world. Let us be thankful and grateful for God’s goodness and mercy upon us. The mercy God has shown on us let us reciprocate the same mercy towards others.
Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you? (Mt 18:33)
Let us no longer hold on to bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness. The test of love is to forgive the guilty! That’s what God did for you!! The question is: “Can you pass the test?” You can’t worship God when this issue of forgiveness is not settled in your life; you will be merely fooling yourself if you do that!
FIRST BE RECONCILED
In Matthew 5.23–24, Jesus says: “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.”
Note: Rev Dr Jai Kumar is an ordained & licensed minister of Covenant Ministries International N.J. USA. He is a mission minded pastor who carries an apostolic anointing who preaches and teaches an uncompromising gospel with boldness. A member of ECCM (Malaysia) Spiritual Adviser & overseer to various ministries and churches. An itinerant speaker. He is also the author of a book entitled, ‘God’s Time Clock.’ Currently he worships at C3 Subang.
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