In the fourth installment of the “Bitter Roots” series, Pastor Dwayne looks at bitterness in Hebrews chapter 12. He uses the passage to deal with several issues including how bitterness towards others contaminates everything.
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Bitter Roots, Part 04
Hebrews 12:15 – 15See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
Bitterness contaminates everything.
Matthew 5:43 – 43″You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor
and hate your enemy.’
Leviticus 19:17-18 – 17″‘Do not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt. 18″‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.
Matthew 5:44 (NKJV) – “But I say to you, love your enemies… Dealing With Bitterness
Expose your enemy.
Ephesians 5:11 – Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of
darkness, but rather expose them.
Cancel their debt.
Matthew 18:32-35 – “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”
Give up your claim to revenge and blame
1 Peter 3:9 – Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult… bless your offender.
1 Peter 3:9b – but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
Bless: ‘eulogeo’, ‘to speak well of’.
Jesus is Our Example
The Father has forgiven us, His enemy, so much.
Romans 5:10 – For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
Consider your neighbor’s debt as a mere reduction in what we owe Jesus.
Matthew 5:45-48 – that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.