Read Romans 12:14-21
See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and through it many become defiled. - Hebrews 12:15 (NRSV)
After examining the moss rose I had planted again this year, I was not disappointed. The roses in all their varied colors had burst into bloom. These lovely flowers had never failed to spread out quickly to fill my flower patch.
Then I took a closer look to see that some of the space was filled with a weed that looked a lot like the moss rose, but they are real troublemakers and difficult to pull out. After I cleaned out the flower patch, I had to watch for those nasty weeds to spring up again. They weren’t finished making trouble for me!
The Bible tells about a weed, bitterness, that — if allowed to grow and develop in our lives — will cause us lots of trouble. If bitterness takes hold, we will use words that hurt others instead of helping and healing them. The only way to get rid of bitterness is to pull it out by the root. And to do that, we need God’s help. When we ask God to clean bitterness from our lives, we must watch and pray, or it might spring up again. Removing bitterness allows love and forgiveness to spread and makes life beautiful again.
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Tending the garden of life with prayer will produce the blooms of a beautiful spirit.
Prayer: O God, take away our bitterness and replace it with love and kindness. May your love spread to those around us. Amen.
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Saint James, pray for us that we may be willing to leave everything to follow Jesus as you did. Help us to become special friends of Jesus as you were. Amen
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Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.