A root that we should never allow, and one to replace it
When you are trying to dig up an old plant or dig around a tree, you will find lots of roots. Some of them can be thick and deep, and you wonder where it will ever end.
Hebrews 12:15 talks about roots too. It says, “See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” Another translation puts that as “root of bitterness.” That kind of root, caused by dwelling on the events of the past, is hard, bitter, and tough. Unforgiveness causes the heart to harden. It is not good.
With the Lord’s help, we can and must lay that aside, but what do we replace it with? I think Eph. 3:17 gives some insight into that question. It says: “Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”
The more we focus on, dig into, and cling to the Lord Jesus and the love He has for us, the more we can release the hurt that feeds that root of bitterness. Eph. 3:17 says “Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”
May God help us to become deeply rooted in Jesus’ love for us, and may God touch our hearts with His peace, mercy, and grace.
God bless you in your journey of grace today.