Monday, 28 April 2014

A Little Reminder to not Let the Root of Bitterness Grow!

Lately I have felt that those who have hurt us and continue to do so are just not getting it!  There are those who are being deliberate and I'm not overly concerned about them because mentally I have cut them off (because it hurts so much) and left them to the Lord (or so I tell myself).  Its the ones that claim to be Christians but who have allowed jealousies and envies to colour their vision and yet another who seems to think that if you hide your head in the sand, then there are no issues to resolve.


By their actions, or lack of actions they hurt us further.  And so I start getting resentful and bitter.  I am so grateful that the Lord does not let me get away with this attitude for long.

I am also very grateful that I have friends I can trust with my heart and who I can talk to, to thrash out my feelings and help me see where I am letting my hurt colour MY actions.

So, we go visit said friends!  I let them know how I feel and what actions I am going to take due to my hurt!  And I ask, hoping that biblically they will back me up!  Nope!  No such luck.  No, my friends draw me to the truth.  Yes, you are being hurt, but you want to reward evil for evil!  Not God's way!
1 Peter 3 v 9:  Never return evil for evil or insult for insult (scolding, tongue-lashing, berating), but on the contrary blessing [praying for their welfare, happiness, and protection, and truly pitying and loving them].  For know that to this you have been called, that you may yourselves inherit a blessing [from God] - that you may obtain a blessing as heirs, bringing welfare and happiness and protection].

Okay, I get that!  But, seriously, I don't want to do that!  I want them to know their actions are hurting us, I want them to feel what I and my family are feeling.  BUT, that is not God's way.  Truly, He does not want us to lose our blessing.  So, despite their actions, we must remain true to Him and what He requires of us.

Their actions?  Well, they are between God and them.  I believe God's word here where it says:  Psalm 10 v 13-14:  Why do the wicked get away with despising God?  They think, "God will never call us to account." (14) But You see the trouble and grief they cause.  You take note of it and punish them.  The helpless put their trust in You.  You defend the orphans.  God sees!  Never believe otherwise!  I believe they will reap what they sow, but then so will we.


So I choose this day to not lose my blessing.  I choose to change my attitude and do what the Lord requires of me to do and to not be obsessed with their attitudes.  To show grace, mercy and faithfulness to Him.  The choices they make?  Their choices may affect me, but they should not affect my attitude as I should be doing what I do as unto the Lord!  For His reward!  His Blessing!

I hope this encourages you to keep doing good to those who hurt you or who ignore or use you.  Do it as unto the Lord if that is what He has called you to do!  He has His reward for you, and His desire is to bless you.

God bless
Tracy

PS:  Thank you Lord for my honest, tell it like it is, friends!  They are a blessing!




14 comments:

  1. This is extremely right on time for me!!! Thank you so much for sharing and once again encouraging me to continue to push forward!!! Some many times my hurt and pain overshadows Christ in me and i too allow bitterness to creep in. Giving him all the glory for never leaving me where I am!!!
    Love you my precious friend!!
    xoxo
    Stacey

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Stacey, God does that often! Write a word, read a word, and its just on time?! So grateful for His grace and mercy
      God bless

      Delete
  2. Great truth here, Tracy. Oh, the root of bitterness can grow so quickly, and it can invade every aspect of our lives. I'm thankful for friends who I can trust, even if it means that they will tell me something I don't want to hear. Prayers for you and your family, that God will uproot the weeds of hurt feelings so that nothing grows and chokes your heart.

    GOD BLESS!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Sharon, thank you sweet lady, it certainly can be an ongoing process of weeding, lol! Grateful that God is my gardener!
      God bless

      Delete
  3. Well said! May we keep on doing what is right in His eyes. Blessings!

    ReplyDelete
  4. It is wonderful to have friends who draw us to the truth. My hubby does that for me at times. He warns me to be quiet etc etc. I know God will take care of those who mistreat us - - in His time (which we would like it to be quick time.) In the mean while, we allow the balm of his sweet presence to sooth away our hurts and bring us to the everlasting arms. Thank you for sharing with us here at "Tell Me a Story."

    ReplyDelete
  5. Beautiful reminder and encouraging post! Glad I stopped by tonight.

    ReplyDelete
  6. It's so wonderful to have friends that hold us accountable to what God has called us to do. Keep forgiving and focus on God to take this situation.

    ReplyDelete
  7. This does encourage, Tracy. And I too am grateful for this ~> "I am so grateful that the Lord does not let me get away with this attitude for long." I love how He stops it before it gets too far. Blessings to you. Loved having you join us for TWW again.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Wise words. We have friends in another state that wounded us right before we moved. We have remained "Facebook" friends...and she also has a blog. I try to show love despite the unreturned blessing. God is there...bigger than us. I love the perspective of looking up...<3 palm trees...we have some in our backyard!

    ReplyDelete
  9. RETURN NOT BLAME

    Return not blame
    with all the same,
    but wash your face
    and cope by grace!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thank you for linking up with The Weekend Brew!

    ReplyDelete

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...