Depending upon how well your are connected in your community or at work, it doesn’t take much to notice the content from the disenfranchised. Some people feed off of bitterness, often poisoning positive individuals. Meanwhile, the encouraging need to work extra hard to ward off negativity.
See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; Hebrews 12:15.
When my children were younger, I enjoyed watching Veggie Tales. My favorite was the Rumor Weed illustrating an important lesson for anyone. If you allow evil to take root in your life, bitterness usually follows. For this reason, the author Hebrews warns readers about how bitterness can become an obstacle to obtaining God’s grace.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! – Isaiah 5:20
Sweetness is received when sinners are forgiven, pardoned by God through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Yet, there are forces of darkness that continue to steal joy from this life. As demonic influences manipulate unknowing accomplices, some are deceived calling evil good. If you listen and watch carefully to voices in the media, Isaiah’s prophecy is being fulfilled. In view of this growing bitterness, may the power of the Holy Spirit protect you and lead you to the sweet promises of hope found in the Bible.
by Jay Mankus