If you look at this picture of some tulips I am growing in water closely, you will see a bunch of roots. Those roots literally popped out last night. Notice how many roots each bulb has BEFORE the flower begins to bloom? There are leaves beginning to sprout also. It reminded me of three verses and a teaching.
The first verse is Hebrews 12: 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….
Another one is Eph 4:6 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,…
The final one is Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
The teaching, which has been coming to mind a lot is about forgiving, not holding anger and how we do NOT want any bitter roots.
One teaching is about tracing bad fruit in our lives back to the “root”.
It really amazed me this morning when I saw all those roots popping out literally overnight.
On the one hand its neat… because the roots pop out LONG before any flowers or fruit, so we have lots of TIME to invite the LORD to dig them out. On the other hand.. there are a whole LOT of roots..
So when hurtful events occur, we want to go to God, admit the wound and that it hurts.
Then we need to forgive the one or ones who hurt us.
We surely do not want to hold onto unforgiveness or anger and have it turn into “bitter roots” which will eventually grow a plant and produce “bad” fruit in our lives as well as cause potential injury to another.
As I said, I was amazed at how FAST and suddenly those roots appeared.
If painful things have happened in your past, as they have for all of us…it is still possible to forgive and invite the Lord to dig out those roots. 🙂