During Friday Bible study on the 6th of September 2013, the danger of allowing a root of bitterness to spring up within us was discussed (Hebrews 12:15). However, due to technical difficulties, I was unable to take part in the discussion. Galations 5:19-21 lists a number of sinful desires which if we allow to be part of our lifestyle could allow bitterness to take root in us.

On reading these scriptures I was drawn to three (1) jealousy, (2) envy, and (3) selfish ambition. These sin behaviours could operate through us when we are unable to forgive a wrong, unable to rejoice in the success of others, but instead are filled with envy and jealousy.

Dear brothers & sisters in Christ, let us avoid bitterness. Don’t let it take root within you. Resist those sinful desires, and let us walk in love 1 John 4:7-21).

Minister Ewart Less