“Say to them, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Will it thrive? Will it not be uprooted and stripped of its fruit so that it withers? All its new growth will wither. It will not take a strong arm or many people to pull it up by the roots. Even if it is transplanted, will it thrive? Will it not wither completely when the east wind strikes it — wither away in the plot where it grew?” Ezekiel 17:9
Anything in a person’s life which the enemy can jump onto and turn one into his bandwagon has to be thrown off, for one to be free… free indeed in Jesus Christ.
Bitterness in a person’s heart and mind is a destructive weapon used by the enemy to derail the followers of Christ. Like a cancer, it eats away at a person’s sense of joy, peace and wellbeing. At times, it is so deep rooted that if one was to be asked whether they have bitterness at heart, most often the response will be a resounding No. However, some of the characteristics which reflect bitterness in a person’s heart are:- presence of doubt, negativity and suspicion towards another person’s words and gestures.
Bitterness becomes a poisonous root within our lives whenever we hold onto pains inflicted upon us by others. This root of bitterness robs us off many things like our peace of mind and negatively affects our standing with God.
As followers of Christ, we need to be set free from this stronghold of the enemy. Jesus Christ on the Cross taught us a key lesson of how to deal with people who cause us pain. While blood was still flowing from His head to His feet; and in a state of utter anguish, Jesus Christ said, “ Father, forgive them…..”.
Christ teaches us to forgive, let go and move on unburdened by the weight of bitterness; an approach to take even when pain is still throbbing within one.
In the bible we read about an embittered man …and his ending. Haman’s bitterness drove him to make gallows for Mordecai, a man whom he hated so much; however, it is Haman who choked on it. Esther 7:9. This is a critical lesson …for the rope you make to hang another in the end does choke you.
Like a diseased tree which has to be uprooted – (roots, stem, branches, leaves, fruits) so should bitterness be uprooted from one’s heart; and this can be effectively done through prayer. Yet again, with prayer and alertness we have to guard our minds and hearts to quickly side step the darts of the enemy which he continuously dispatch our way with an aim of reawakening bile within one’s heart. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Philippians 4:7.
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. … Above all else, guard thy heart; for out of it flows the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23