📖: 2 Samuel 15:31-37
Confession: Psalm 51
Bitterness” is a very big problem that can destroy one’s joy, happiness, and even peace of mind. It harbours hostility and it’s detrimental for our Christian journey. This might cause some of us to be defiled according to Hebrews 12:14-15. Bitterness takes root in our heart and grows deeper. A root is part of the body of a plant that develops and grows downward into the soil and cannot been seen unless it is uprooted. Same way with the root of bitterness, unless we identify it, we can not see it. Ahithophel’ story is a very good illustration to describe how bitterness can destroy one’s life.
Ahithophel an unfriendly friend, who hated King David secretly in his heart, and had a grudge which grew into anger, that lead to bitterness because of Bathsheba, his grand-daughter whom David committed adultery with and arranged for her husband, Uriah the Hittite to be killed in the war front. In those days the counsel of Ahithophel was like a prophet who inquired from God (2 Samuel 16:23). He saw an opportunity in the rift between King David and his son, Absalom. He then gave an advice that correlates with his own plan to publicly disgrace, destroy and defeat David so that Absalom can take full control of the kingship (2 Samuel 16:20-23). When David heard that Ahithophel was with Absalom, he prayed that God should turn Ahithophel’ counsel to foolishness (2 Samuel 15:31). When David committed sin with Bathsheba, he went to God with a repentant heart and he was forgiven. So this time around he prayed and God answered his prayer and Absalom did not accept Ahithophel counsel, rather he accepted Hushai, a true and loyal friend to David whose advice contradicted Ahithophel’ advice. Since his advice was not accepted, he went home put his house in order and committed suicide, strangled himself (2 Samuel 17:23). We can see here how bitterness can eventually destroy and kill one’s life and destiny.
As Christians, some of us have been faced with the likes of Ahithophel, someone who loves one to their face, but secretly despise or hate one in their hearts, and some of us have bitterness in our hearts against another person due to past experience of what someone said, or did against us, our feelings hurt on the job, business, relationship, or within friends and family, then we decide on revenge in our heart. Bitterness is like a time bomb, anything can trigger it, and if not swiftly addressed can explode, destroy, or even kill. It is very dangerous to allow bitterness to take root in one’s hearts. Let us deal with the root of bitterness and free ourselves from bondage so that nothing hinders us from receiving God’s grace and blessings. The major key to destroying bitterness is to be truthful to oneself, genuine forgiveness, have humility and love in one’s hearts.
When we have bitterness in our heart, the first step is to admit that we are bitter, confess it and ask God for forgiveness (1 John 1:9), then go to that person and ask for forgiveness. It is better to confront it, than allow it to take root which can affect us physically, and hinder us spiritually. It can also affect our emotion, especially when we come in contact with the person. Let us know that God’s grace is sufficient for us (2 Corinthians 12:9). If God is for us nobody can be against us (Romans 8:31). For those yet to surrender their lives to Jesus, this is not negotiable, do so now, tomorrow might be too late! DO IT NOW!
PRAY THIS; in the name of Jesus, I repent of my sins, come into my heart and I will make You my Lord and Saviour. Let us strive and stay connected and God will destroy the root of bitterness from our hearts. Have a blessed week. Shalom!!!
🙏 Holy Spirit, create in me a pure heart, and renew a right spirit within me, in Jesus’ name.
🙏 Holy Spirit, restore unto me the joy of thy salvation and uphold me with thy free spirit, in Jesus’ name.
🙏 Lord Jesus, thank You for answered prayers.