We had a beautiful driveway at one time but the trees growing beside it have grown so much in the last 40 years that the roots have broken up the cement and now it looks like an earthquake has hit it! The damage wasn’t done over night, it wasn’t pounded on with a sledgehammer it was just pressure from underneath, pressure that wouldn’t let up, it just kept pushing and pushing until the concrete gave up, and broke into pieces. When the trees were small, we could have cut or moved them and saved the damage.
What is my point? Hebrews 12:15 “ Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.”
Identify the root inside of you that is pressing you harder than you can withstand, identify it and cut it down before you crack and break. Think back over bitter things you have said to others, if those same things were said to you would you take it quietly? It doesn’t look any better when you do it than it does on the person you are sending that zing toward. Try being gracious, happy for someone else and that happiness will be returned to you! If you can’t do it alone, find help, a pastor, a friend, a doctor, and when all of those fail, what about Jesus? An old hymn says “Take it to the Lord in Prayer”, another says “What a Friend We Have in Jesus, all our sins and grief’s to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.” The next thing is to make sure that the roots you are planting in your own children are roots of love, friendship, encouragement, because the beat tends to go on and on.
You can break the cycle of bitter roots that were planted in you by changing yourself! Let the Word of God be the weed killer for the sad or evil roots in you, now go out and buy a weed-eater!