I would like to share with you Brother Michael’s testimony. He used to work in a distribution company of industrial chemicals. One day, while printing a document, he came across the company’s pay grid. He was greatly surprised to see that he was paid less than some of his colleagues, that had the same rank as him. Overwhelmed by frustration, bitterness and disappointment, Michael began to neglect his work (late arrival at the office, nonchalance, etc.). According to him, there was no need to be excellent when one is poorly paid. However, thanks to the teachings received at the church on work and faithfulness in the little things, he was able to get his acts together and become the faithful employee he used to be. This new attitude gave him the grace to get another job, two and a half times better paid.
If Brother Michael had not gotten his acts together, would he had obtained this favor ? He would have rather been deprived of God’s grace because of bitterness. “Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled ”says the Bible in Hebrews 12:15.
Yes, bitterness produces disorder and infects. Trouble drives peace away and the consequences of the infection are disastrous. “Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall ! My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me.” says Jeremiah in Lamentations 3:19. Bitterness poisons the soul !
The enemy often uses subterfuges to push a parent, a friend or acquaintance, a colleague, a superior, a spouse, etc. to frustrate, disappoint, offend, hurt you. Bitterness can also be due to an injustice, as was the case with Michael. But the Bible insists: even a root of bitterness, a hint of bitterness can deprive you of grace.
In this season of superabundant provision, God wants to satisfy you with all kinds of graces, on the spiritual, emotional, physical, material, financial level etc… So, you have to say no to bitterness to experience the miraculous in your life !
So, what are solutions to overcome bitterness ? Make excuses for the person who hurt you. Have you, for example, been criticized by a beloved? Think of the day when you also criticized or hurt someone but God showed you mercy. So, do not hold it against the person who hurt you. Cultivate the art of love and forgiveness. Thus, you will see that you will triumph over bitterness and keep your heart from this poison !
Jeremiah also proposes an antidote: calling to your mind that which gives you hope : “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3: 22-23).
Put your hand on your heart and pray with me: “Lord, cleanse my heart from every bitterness, every poison, every wormwood that could make me bitter. O God, give me your heart full of mercy and compassion. By your grace, I triumph over every injustice and bad emotions. Grant that I may also not be a stumbling block for my brother or sister. May my heart be filled with love and may I forgive. In the name of Jesus, amen ! “.
May God bless you Beloved
“Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh ?”
2 Corinthians 9: 8,11
” And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work, (…) while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God “.
” For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints“.
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus“.
“Remember me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people “.
“There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself“.
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