Hebrews 12:12-17

Those fence rows, on the farm…what a task to keep them clean. Every year there were those locust sprouts. They were persistent. You could chop them off but next year they were there again. The foots were down under. There was really only one cure: dig up the soil and tear out the roots. 

Are there roots of hatred and resentment in your heart? Envy, jealousy and unforgiveness? These ugly roots will produce sprouts that trouble you and trouble others also. They make life bitter. There is only one way to solve the problem. Let the Gospel plow go deep enough to get under the roots, tear them up, and take them out. Then the good seed can produce a crop without the interference of the sprouts of bitterness. 

It’s not really circumstances nor yet other people who make life bitter, while both may be vexing. It’s the roots and sprouts. Pray that God will remove them. 

Prayer: Dear Lord, break up the soil of my heart. Tear out the bitter roots. Give me the fruit of sweetness instead.