There are two conditions of the heart no one can hide: one is when the heart is FILLED WITH LOVE and the other when we are INFECTED WITH BITTERNESS. Either condition can take over our thoughts and both can filter our entire view of life. As followers of Jesus Christ, we must make our highest quest to possess hearts full of God’s love. Indeed, how successful we are at revealing Christ’s love is the true measure of our spirituality. Love cannot exist as an UNEXPRESSED OR HIDDEN SECRET. If love is REAL, it will be seen in a THOUSAND MANIFESTATIONS reaching to the heart of its beloved.
Bitterness, too, CANNOT BE HIDDEN. A bitter soul is not seeking oneness, but justice. It is driven by the unresolved theft of its peace, personhood or possessions. Bitterness is not just a wound seeking healing; it is a PROSECUTING ATTORNEY BUILDING A CASE AGAINST THE GUILTY. Because a bitter soul is conjoined to the injustice committed against it, it perpetually is listening to the voice of its heartache and, thus, perpetually wounded by the unforgiven offense.
Sometimes in the past my healing from wounding and bitterness didn’t come because restitution was made to me by the person who hurt me, but because I LEARNED TO ENTRUST MYSELF TO GOD who judges righteously. To trust that GOD WILL VINDICATE ME IN HIS TIME and in HIS WAY is a sign of SPIRITUAL MATURITY. To entrust our case to God is the only way we can avoid countering reviling with reviling or allowing a wound to degrade into bitterness.
There are other times when a lingering conflict would become an oppression upon my soul. Again, as an antidote to becoming bitter, Jesus taught, “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad (Luke adds, “and leap for joy”), for your reward in heaven is great”. If you have been unfairly treated, if some injustice has soiled your name or threatens your future because of your faith in Christ, one antidote is to rejoice. Paul handled adversity and injustice well. Listen to what he wrote, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh” (2 Cor. 4:7-11).Before you DEFEND YOUR RIGHT TO REMAIN MISERABLE, let me ask this: Have you OBEYED JESUS by LEAPING FOR JOY? LET US LOVE MORE FOR TRULY LOVE IS OF GOD #KEEPINGITREAL#AMJUSTSAYING