Dealing with the root of bitterness.

by Yvette van Niekerk

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Proverbs 19: 11 The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression.

I realise I have allowed the feelings of unforgiveness towards some people to take up the house in my life. I have allowed this infectious disease of bitterness to take hold of my heart. I let it get rooted within my life and now I can see what a very bad viral or bacterial infection it has become.

How did this all take place? I put the person which I will refer to as the host as the person who has offended and hurt me causing me to become infected. I am contaminated by these feelings. I am sure it wasn’t intentional but then looking back it may have been I cannot say. The attacks on my spirit have resulted in me being vulnerable.

Can I avoid the pain? People will offend me and I should be strong enough to forgive, immediately but I don’t.

The problem is we become so self-centred that we do not overlook offences. Thinking we are flawless and the person is imperfect and they are out to get you.

How on earth am I going to get a healthy body with this kind of thinking? The only way to do this is to actually forgive the person whatever they said or done. Then there is another problem if you aren’t strong enough to deal with an infection. The infection incubates; then it starts to break down your body and you then have a very serious problem. That is when you allow the root of bitterness to poison your body. Bitterness is so dangerous I can see how it has come to the surface of my life and I hear it in my speech.

Today I am not allowing these thoughts of unforgiveness to ferment any longer within me. I will stand against it in the Name of Jesus Christ and I call on the Holy Spirit to help me fight it off.

Today again I need to forgive and let it go.


Father God, I pray to forgive me. I have been the person holding on to unforgiveness and bitterness; resulting in my own life. Please Lord, forgive me, I have forgiven them. Father God, I am asking that with the help of the Holy Spirit I will be a forgiving person. Show me where I am not. Today expose the recesses of my soul; so I won’t be locked up by a spirit of unforgiveness. Jeopardising my future or the future of my children, stepchildren or grandchildren.

Please, Lord, reveal any anger, bitterness, resentment or unforgiveness. I do not recognise so that I am able to ask You for forgiveness. Today help me understand the depth of Your forgiveness towards me today so that I am able to forgive and let go.

Please forgive me, I realise that I am unable to be a light for others while I am stuck in the darkness of unforgiveness. Please, Lord Jesus Christ, let Your Holy Spirit help me today, Amen

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