TOPIC: THE ETERNAL PERIL OF BITTERNESS
(SEEDS OF DESTINY 21 OCTOBER 2018 DEVOTIONAL)
Scripture: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Hebrews 12:15
Thought For The Day: Any forgiveness that is done with the mouth but the heart remains bitter is a waste of forgiveness.
Sometime ago, a young lady gave a shocking testimony in our Church: She said that in the dream of the night, she saw her soul leave her body to eternity where she stood before a man who wore a white garment. The man brought out the Book of Life and opened it before her but her name was not found in it. Then the man showed her the picture of a lady who she knew before in the world and with whom she had quarrelled. The man said, ‘You told her you had forgiven her, but you were still bitter towards her; each time you saw her, you got angry within yourself but laughed with her outside. Now because you could not forgive her from your heart, you will be thrown into the hellfire to be tormented forever.’ It was at this point that she saw my wife and I on our knees interceding for her. So, the man lifted her up and gave her a second chance.
Beloved, any forgiveness that is done with the mouth but the heart remains bitter is a waste of forgiveness.
My counsel is, forgive from the depth of your heart; forgive that man who jilted you; forgive that lady who took away your husband or fiancé; forgive that robber, that young man or relation of yours who raped you; forgive that brother or sister in church who you did business with but duped you; forgive your parents who abandoned you; forgive the lecturer who took advantage of you and went ahead to fail you; forgive, forgive, I say, forgive!
Remember This: Any forgiveness that is done with the mouth but the heart remains bitter is a waste of forgiveness.
1. Ask God for fresh grace to forgive.
2. Show your total forgiveness by reconciling with anyone who has hurt you in the past.
Prayer: O Lord, I ask for fresh grace to forgive those who have hurt me. Remove every trace of bitterness and heaviness from my heart. I receive mercy from You Lord, in Jesus; Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: THE DANGER OF UNFORGIVENESS
Quote: Do you know that if God should judge you as you judged others, you shouldn’t be alive? Culled from, AM I BITTER? By Dr Becky Paul-Enenche
Daily Reading: Jeremiah 37:1 to 38:28, 1 Timothy 6:1 to 21, Psalm 89:38 to 52, Proverbs 25:28
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