“DO NOT SAY, “I’LL PAY BACK FOR THIS WRONG”,
WAIT FOR THE LORD, AND HE WILL AVENGE YOU”.
When we are faced with offence, hurt and disappointment caused by friends, loved ones, neighbours, co-workers or even ordinary people we don’t know, it is easy to fall into a root of bitterness.
A top engineer in one of the biggest power producing sectors was sacked. He was perceived to be a political activist of one the two leading political parties in Ghana and was likely to sabotage the government of the day. He went to the office and was told by the managing director, that his contract had been terminated. He was angry, bitter, resentful and disappointed. He wanted to take the government to court but was restrained by his wife. These dismissals are not new, are they? We hear them anytime there’s a change of government. Some Christians even engineer the dismissal of their colleagues at work for fear of competition. When his wife (the sacked engineer) came to church. God spoke to her clearly, “Get rid of bitterness”. Obviously, referring to the husband. The day he chose to let go, was the day he got an email from a top oil company in Angola for an appointment, with better remuneration and better conditions of service. He has since been working there.
“See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no ‘root of bitterness’ springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled”. Hebrews 12:15
Whenever you are faced with the spirit of un-forgiveness, you open yourself up so easily to bitterness. Bitterness is not of God. It causes us to fall out of rhythm and out of favour. Bitterness cripples us and stagnates our walk with God. God’s desire for all His children to be productive and bitterness hinders productivity.
“Know this, my beloved brothers; let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God”. James 1:19-20
Bitterness cannot produce fruits that come from God. It can even choke and kill the seed we are carrying.
To be cont..
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
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Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.