Hebrews 12:5 “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;”
I don’t drink Coffee! I have never found a way to drink it without a lot of SUGAR. I love Frappuccino’s. I love Double Chocolate Chip frappuccino from Starbucks. I love Frozen Carmel Coffee from Dunkin Donuts. The frappe from Starbucks has 55 grams of sugar in it. The frozen coffee from Dunkin has 84 grams of Sugar. I love the cream, the milk, the chocolate, the carmel and thank the Lord for WHIP CREAM. But I don’t love coffee. Coffee has always had a bitter taste to me. And I know… What Kind are you drinking? How are you brewing? Are you using fresh coffee beans? Try Ice coffee? How long do you let it Steep? It doesn’t matter… I have tried Everything and it still has that bitter taste. Brewing coffee is science. The main reason for bitter coffee is over extraction. Extraction is the process that pulls the flavor out of the coffee, turning the clear water into that delightful dark brew. When water mixes with the coffee grounds a chemical reaction happens that dissolves the flavor compounds. The trick is EXTRACTION. Extracting the good ones and not the bitter ones into that perfect cup of coffee for you. How many times in our life do we have to extract the Bitterness from our life?Bitterness is like a slow poison, one negative thought leads to another, and soon we’re tossing and turning at night, replaying hurtful interactions and making a new plan to get even.
Joseph knew what it was like to be hurt by those closest to him. He was the favored son, and everyone knew it. Jealousy consumed Joseph’s brothers as they saw the beautiful coat of colors given to him by their father. To make matters worse, Joseph told his brothers of dreams he had. In those dreams his brothers sheaves of wheat would bow down to his sheaf and that sun, moon and stars bowed to him as well. That was not the smartest thing that Joseph did in his life and only served to enrage the brothers even more. The brothers made a plan to kill Joseph and lie to their father by staying that an animal had devoured him. Then an opportunity came to sell him into slavery.. Yet in the midst of Joseph’s trail God was right there with him. Joseph gained favor in the eyes of Pharaoh by interpreting his dreams and was made a leader of hundreds and saved many lives. And in chapter 45 of Genesis when he is revealing himself to his brothers, Joseph says over and over that “God did send me”. Joseph was right where God wanted him, Joseph went through those trails because God sought fit to do so and God meant it all for good.
I have faced my times of bitterness. I have faced my times of being hurt. I have even faced my times of being angry. In each of those times, I have to go into my prayer closet and Come to myself ( my come to Jesus meeting with myself) and go into the Word of God and extract (remove) any root of bitterness from my life. Because Hebrews 12:15 says lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you… I don’t need any help to trouble me. I have enough trouble on my own without bitterness. But if I didn’t remove it, that root would grow and it would effect all areas of my life. And that can’t happen.
1. Spoon full of God’s Grace.
Instead of giving someone a taste of their own medicine; instead of gossiping and slandering their reputation; and instead of harboring resentment and bitterness – offer Grace. Maybe that didn’t mean what they said… Maybe they didn’t mean to act that way. Maybe there in a trail of their own and need a friend. But the worse case is that they mean to hurt you, and you have to offer grace just Christ does for us.
2. Spoon full of Love.
Love people even thou they hurt you. Now, I didn’t say that… The BIBLE does. Its very easy to read it and easier to type it but its the HARDEST thing to do. But if I don’t Love that person— that root would trouble me. The thing about loving someone that has hurt you, You have to remind yourself to love them, to pray for them because it want come natural to you. Look for ways to express love to that person.
3. Spoon of Forgiveness.
Colossians 3:13 says, “Forbearing one another and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” The act of forgiveness sets you free. True joy and freedom comes from forgiveness. But it doesn’t remove the consequences but it frees us from the burden of bitterness. It says lets start over. Lets try this again.
A wise woman once said that A Spoon Full of Sugar helps the Medicine go Down in the most delightful way. My spoon full of God’s Grace, spoon full of love and Forgiveness has helped me not get into trouble with that root of Bitterness. Its been my medicine for those trials that have come my way.
-Mrs. Natasha Davis