A pastor arranged for a gathering of the women’s auxiliary. It was to be a garden party on the church lawn under the old oak tree. At the last minute, the morning of the party, the preacher discovered he had left Sister Hissyfit off the invitation list. He called the dear sister and begged forgiveness.
“I’m so sorry we didn’t catch this sooner, Mrs. Hissyfit. Won’t you please come to the garden parted?” cajoled the pastor.
Sister Hissyfit answered, “Beggin’ won’t help you now, preacher. I’ve already prayed for rain.”
I think this is what Hebrews 12:15 is talking about when it warns us to: “Be careful… that no root of bitterness springs up causing trouble, and by it many may be defiled.”
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We allow issues to simmer and seethe and settle in — and it not only makes us unhappy, it causes all kinds of trouble.
Bitterness will make a person sour. And it will make everyone around that person edgy. Let’s face it, folks, bitterness has its root in selfishness and self-centeredness.
“What about me?”
“What about my feelings?”
“I’ve been offended.”
There is nothing spiritual about bitterness. There is nothing God-centered about bitterness. There is nothing Christ-like about bitterness. In case you didn’t know, it was Christ who coined the phrase, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.”
If someone has hurt you… if someone has offended you… if someone has over-looked you… let it go. Yes, just let it go. Forget it. The grief it causes you is not worth it. Stroking your ego will not satisfy a hurt mind. Let it go. Forgive. Don’t allow bitterness to take root in your life — it will make you a sour and ugly person.
Pastor Larry Wise
Highland Community Church