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“The flowers appear on the earth; 

the time of the singing of birds is come, 

and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.” 

Song of Solomon 2:12

 

The other day I mowed my yard for the first time this Spring, which has been a long time in coming.

 

Spring is a great blessing for those of us who live in northern habitats.  

 

Yesterday I commented to my wife, “I do not understand why everyone says Minneapolis is such a great place to live.  They just had another blizzard.”

 

Today a friend told me, “You will love Minneapolis in their Spring, which runs from their last snow to their first.”

 

Spring is the season which lifts our spirits, as we see tangible evidence of resurrection and restoration.  Life can and does come from that which is dreary and appears dead.  

 

The farmer’s seeds are dead in the air, but become life when planted in warming damp soil.  Flowers hide their colorful petals until a warm sun coaxes them out from winter’s cover.

 

What about your soul, your faith, and your spirits.  Has your heart been wandering through a long winter’s night, lost in a maze of darkness and shadows?

 

If so, bring life to your heart by exposing yourself to the warmth and sunshine of God’s grace and Word.

 

Charles Spurgeon offers this prayer to coax a wintering heart into jubilant faith:

O Lord, if it be not spring time in my chilly heart, I pray Lord make it so, for I am weary of living at a distance from You.  Bring an end to the long and dreary winter of my heart and soul.  Come, Holy Spirit, and renew my soul, live in my heart, restore my faith, and have mercy on me! Amen. (1)

 

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(1) Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening: Daily Readings, Complete and unabridged; New modern edition. (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2006).

 

 

 

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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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