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Bitterness has a tenacious way 

of taking root deep within the soul (1)

The root of a stalk of corn can grow up 6-7 feet deep if it finds a worm hole to run down deep into the earth.  This is one reason corn grows so fast and can withstand a mild drought.

If a root of bitterness finds a worm hole to run down deep into your heart, your whole life will become entangled in its disease.  

The root of bitterness yields a harvest of weeds and thistles.  

A lush lawn of green grass, watered and fed well, will crowd out weeds and prevent them from taking root.  Yet during droughts and extended heat waves, the green grass fades to brown.  As the grass fades, weeds begin to find their strength and will take firm root and repopulate.  

Days of comfort and prosperity tempt us to ignore seeds of bitterness which might take root in our lives.  We carelessly let anger and bitterness take root, rarely noticing their presence while we luxuriate in health and happiness when life is prosperous.  We grow confidant that these mustard seeds of bitterness are incapable of consuming our lives.

In every life, we have seasons of prosperity and difficulty.  When the season of difficulty comes we begin to see the effects of our lawn care during the season of prosperity.  If we had been careful not to let bitterness take root during spring, then we will not be afflicted with a harvest of weeds and thistles during summer’s heat.

When Jesus teaches us about forgiveness, he is relentless.

If you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive you. (2)

How many times do I need to forgive them?  Seventy-seven times! (3)

If you do not forgive others, your Father in heaven who has forgiven your debts, will cast you into jail until you pay your debt in full(4)

If your brother sins against you 7 times in a day and turns to you for forgiveness each time, you must forgive him all 7 times. (5)

Jesus taught us to forgive, not only for us to model the grace we received from God, but to protect us from sowing seeds of bitterness in our hearts.

The best way to prevent bitterness from taking root in your life, it to forgive freely, graciously, and generously.

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  1. Blackaby, Richard (2006-12-01). Experiencing God Day By Day (Kindle Locations 3348-3349). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. 
  2. Matthew 6:15
  3. Matthew 18:21
  4. Matthew 18:35
  5. Luke 17:4

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“He turns rivers into a desert,
springs of water into thirsty ground.”  
Psalm 107:33

“The burning sand shall become a pool,
the thirsty ground springs of water.”  
Isaiah 35:7

Water and thirst are powerful images repeatedly set in contrast in the Bible.

God is the source of all water.  He can give it, as He did on the second day of creation, and He can take it away, as David affirms in Psalm 107.

We have no control over when it will rain and nourish the earth and when drought inhabits the land.  This is a reality for Christians and atheists.  Rain is out of our control.

Thirst is a physical and spiritual reality in our lives.  Physical dehydration will zap the body of strength and is frequently the cause of headaches, illness, and death.  Without water you will die.

Thirst is also a spiritual need.  This is why God invites us to come to Him to relive our thirst.  In Isaiah 55:1 God invites us to come to Him with this invitation:
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters.”

When Jesus met the woman at the well, He knew her thirst was deeper than her dry mouth and throat.  She was faint because her soul was dying for more, yet all she knew to do was to draw from an earthen well.

Jesus said to her in John 4:13-14

“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

I grew up in Florida in a home which was not air conditioned.  At an early age, I learned the necessity and the ability to drink copious amounts of water everyday.  I still regularly drink a gallon of water everyday.

My wife is amazed at my ability to drink so much water and, if necessary, to drink 24 ounces in less than a minute.  

When I am physically faint and thirsty, I know what to do.

I know many Christians who are always spiritually thirsty.  

They only take in God in tiny sips, an ounce here and there.  They are never spiritually satisfied because they have never learned to take in God in large gulps.

Are you thirsty?

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