The Kingdom of God is likened to someone scattering seed on the ground and waiting to see what happens. This person sleeps and wakes and time passes and the “earth produces of itself”, we are told, first the stalk and then the head and then the mature grain. This reminds me of how anything is grown in life. It’s a principle in every area of our life; work, school, birth, food and animals. We all start with a seed. The seed of hope of a business venture, or the seed of hope of a new baby. Life’s sustained by seed-time and harvest.
This principle also flows with what’s planted in our hearts. Often times the garden we are growing in our hearts, are based off of thoughts, opinions and things from our past that we have kept hidden. The Bible says in Hebrews 12:14&15, “see to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” The word defile means spoil, this tells me that there can be roots in our hearts that are not of God and can cause us great trouble in our life and walk with the Lord.
How do we get to the point of having a root of bitterness? Often times, actually every time it starts with the seed of offense. Offense is a tool of the enemy to keep our hearts and minds wrapped up in what is usually a circumstance or situation from our past. An offense could be the way someone said something or that they didn’t do what you would have preferred them to do. Or, it could be something that is a very deep wound that really you had no way of causing, but nonetheless it’s still an offense. The Bible says in Proverbs 17:9 that, “whoever would foster love covers over an offense,but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”
Think about this, when you are offended what happens? To start off you play it over and over in your mind, which grows the root deeper and deeper into your heart. Then you go and share with 1 person and build a side, then you tell another and before you know it you have a group sided with you, furthering the deepness of the root. If you take a look at the scripture it says that love covers an offense but whoever repeats a matter separates close friends. Not only is the offense causing a root to grow in our hearts but it also divides friends and even families.
The seed of offense develops into a weed with a root of bitterness. When you look at a weed, you can’t just pull it up from the top of the ground. No, you have to go down and dig deep to get all the root. This is what Jesus does to our hearts with the Love of God. We are supposed to make every effort to live at peace with everyone. If love covers and we make every effort to live in peace, then that tells me we are to give no place to offense. We have too much to do and to many people to reach to let our lives be destroyed by the seed of offense and the weed of bitterness. Let’s choose today to let the love of God dwell in our hearts and let Him remove the weeds.