Don’t let things lie to you. Even in a very intense, very stormy, very troubling season, God will do something great in you. You will come out of the storm a better person than you went into the storm. So strength your heart, your vision, your faith and let God’s knowledge permeate you life.
The root of bitterness is a picture of something growing in your heart that is not healthy. The roots go down and the fruit comes up. YOUR FRUIT REVEALS YOUR ROOT. If you want to change the fruit, you have to change the root system in your life. When we have unforgiveness against someone, if that unforgiveness is not dealt with, you have an unhealthy root system growing. The roots grow up into angry activity. Things like anger, criticism, and cynicism spring up out of that. You can see when a person is always critical and cynical about others. That is not a personality that is an unhealthy root system.
So God goes after our roots. John the Baptist said,
“And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Matthew 3:10) Jesus said, “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire…Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.” (Matthew 7:17-19; 12:33)
We don’t want to go any further in this life bitter towards what has happened this year. Forgive those that hurt you. Forgive them all the time of everything. We want our hearts to be clean and not bitter. The root of bitterness will distort you and make you someone you don’t want to be. I want to get sweeter and sweeter as I walk with Jesus. He shows me stuff that I need to forgive. And I forgive them. I’m sure you’ve had a chance to forgive someone this week. Make sure you do it. Make sure the root of bitterness is being dealt with and no longer growing in you.
Constant anger is a sign of bitterness taking root or having taken root. We’ve been forgiven all the time, of everything. Bitterness distorts or warps our minds and causes us to devalue precious things in our lives. God wants us to value our destiny.