Sunday, November 23, 2014

November 23, 2014 … Roots of Bitterness

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 327

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … Please take the time to take in Crystal Lewis and Ron Kenoly singingBeauty For Ashes. … reminding Christians that God can ALWAYS give us peace for despair and beauty for ashes when we choose forgiveness over bitterness

Highlight Passage - NKJV Colossians 3: 12-13 … Forgiveness is the only way to uproot any bitterness in our lives …
  12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 
Highlight Context #1 - Colossians 3: 12-17 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK …   Paul, from prison, exhorts about the character of a real Christian

Reference Passage #1 … Ephesians 4: 31-32 [NKJV] … Forgiveness is the only way to avoid the results of bitterness …
  31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. 

Reference Passage #2 … Hebrews 12: 14-15 [NKJV] … Pursuing peace and avoiding all roots of bitterness should be the goal of all Christians …
  14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; ... 

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Randy Kilgore, illustrated his main point by using the life of Corrie Ten Boom, the Dutch evangelist who had witnessed her father and sister die in a German concentration camp during WW2. After the war, speaking in America, one of her former prison guards answered an altar call after one of her talks; and Corrie was confronted with the reality of choosing to hate the man or forgive him. In that moment of truth, she recognized the truth of today’s highlight and reference passages … that the only way to uproot bitterness in our lives is to forgive … just as Christ has forgiven us for our unforgivable sinfulness.

 If you’ve taken in the attached photo, the linked song, and meditated on all the truths above from God’s word, you know that we must cut out any root of bitterness in our lives by Christlike forgiveness; and I’ll let any/all who read here deal with that exhortation from our Lord today.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, … thank You for giving me the grace to forgive. Amen

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