Hebrews 12:15 ” See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”

Most of us would be quick to deny any root of bitterness in our lives…but let’s think about it for a moment.  Do you hold a grudge against someone who in your eyes disrespected you?  Or are you resentful against someone who hurt your pride and caused you pain and embarrassment?  You may not  be able to even remember the details of the incident…but still anger rises up every time you think of that person.  A root of bitterness can take on many faces and lie deep within…so deep that we even lie to ourselves about its very existence.  But know that bitterness poisons your life and hinders God’s work in and through you.  The answer is forgiveness…allowing the past to be the past.  For forgiveness is not meant for the perpetrator, but for yourself.

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