"See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many are defiled" Hebrews 12:15 NASB
During my devotion one morning, I discovered that God's Word contains instruction not only about how to keep a relationship, but also about how to lose a relationship. I was surprised.
Matthew 6, verses 9-11 taught me how God's children are to pray and, it stressed forgiveness in our relationship with Him, and consequentially, His children. Forgiveness is a golden key to healthy relationships. However, Jesus said in verse fourteen and fifteen that the Father would not forgive us if we did not forgive others. Those were frightening words to me.
A forgiving heart is a kind heart. A forgiving heart is a loving heart that keeps relationships.
Growing bitter bushes happens when we plant bitter seeds and then fertilize them with sarcasm and lack of gratitude. These bitter seeds are weeds that can grow up overnight. Weed control is a big part of any successful relationship. Smiles and the happiness in being friends are replaced by becoming competitors who spend their energy expressing their frustrations. Faces that eat bitter fruit are sour and unhappy.
Father, please help us not to plant bitter seeds that grow into poisonous bushes that destroy our loving relationships. We pray in Your Son's name.
Dr. Bob, AZ