“Faith is never passive. It demands a response. It asks for a mission. It demonstrates the indwelling presence and power of the Holy Spirit.” Richard Wurmbrand (Voice of the Martyrs)
Thoughts From The Diary of A Desperate Man by Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“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
Bitterness can create havoc in the believer’s life. Bitterness is the product of a real or supposed ill treatment, it makes no difference. The damage is the same. Bitterness has a number of aliases: hurt, wounded, anger, feeling bad about it, victim etc. Usually such bitterness is directed toward the vehicle of God’s chastisement, such as Satan, other people, government, and circumstances. Discerning people understand that the hurt came from God, thus making Him the object of their bitterness. Those receiving the discipline of God without allowing it to change their lives are the ones who become bitter.
Bitterness leads to discouragement and discouragement leads to your “failing the grace of God.” When in such a state you easily “faint,” seek to rectify the problem in your own way, and break the commandments of God in the process. Thus the author urges that you “look diligently.” This requires ruthless introspection. Often the last person to see the “root of bitterness” is the bitter person. Ask yourself, “Do I understand that this pain had its origin in God and that the people involved are merely God’s agents? Do I believe in God’s goodness and that this wound is for my good?” Affirmation is the path to healing.
A double tragedy accompanies bitterness. First, the object of your bitterness is seldom hurt. Only you suffer the consequences of your “failing the grace of God.” Second, bitterness cannot rest. It needs an audience. Because those listening to your tale of woe only hear one side of the story, they are drawn, in joining you in your bitterness and “thereby many become defiled.”
Joshua 13-15 Luke 1:57-80 (New King James Version)
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