See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. (Heb. 12:15)
The bitter root manifests itself in many ways: pain, jealousy, regret, anger, hatred, feelings of rejection or inadequacy, or guilt being some of the primary ones.
The bitter root enters us because of things others have done or things we have done ourselves. It modifies our lives and inhibits our ability to live the full and abundant life God planned for us. When we harbor the bitter root, we also spread it to others.
To rid ourselves of the bitter root, we must forgive. The root of the word “forgive” means to release. Too often, we confuse forgiving with forgetting. They are not the same thing.
To forgive means to rid ourselves of the anger, jealousy, hatred or guilt we feel…
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