Bitter or Better...A One Letter Difference

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Hebrews 12:15 “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”

Ever been bitter about something? We all have. Ever been through something and came out better? What a great idea! It’s amazing how one letter can affect your life. Years ago, I felt like someone had deeply wronged me. I couldn’t shake it out of my mind. I kept telling myself it didn’t matter. It did. For days. Ever been there? Just nod your head up and down. Then I heard about a man who lost hundreds of thousands of dollars from a dishonest business deal. A friend told him to change his focus and insisted that he start praying for the people who wronged him. Within 30 days he recovered $130,000. In fact, within 3 minutes of praying, someone handed him a card with $50,000 in it. Praise God.

Hebrews 12:15 says that when we allow a root of bitterness to spring up, the grace of God cannot flow through us. See, it’s from the heart that this bitterness springs up, we need to guard our hearts with all vigilance (Proverbs 4:23). When we allow a root of bitterness to spring up, it troubles us and defiles everyone around us. Is that what we really want? That’s the opposite affect we are to have on others. The next time you are tempted to get bitter, change that one letter. Change from bitter to better. Let God turn the situation around on your behalf. Believe me, you’ll live better.