The Bitter Heart
PROVERBS 14:10--"The heart knows its own bitterness, and a stranger does not share its joy."
General William Henry Chase Whiting spread disparaging rumors about General Robert E. Lee. But when Jefferson Davis asked about Whiting, Lee reportedly answered, “I think he is one of the most able men
in the entire army.” Lee said later, “It was my impression that the President wanted my opinion of General
Whiting, not Whiting’s opinion of me.”
Bitterness is a poisonous root defiling all it touches, and the human heart is its soil. Robert E. Lee could have watered the root of bitterness by focusing on Whiting’s accusations and slanders. Instead, he chose to snatch it out, refusing to let bitterness grow in his heart.
When we focus on the wrongs done to us and the gossip spread about us, we cultivate the root of bitterness. However, when we bless those who curse us, as Jesus instructed, the poisonous root is plucked out.
The person who uproots animosity will experience the vitality of God’s joy.
Spiritual Heart Focus
When your heart wants to dwell on wrongs committed against you, thank God that He will use even those for His purposes in and through you. Then pray God's blessings on people who hurt you.
Physical Heart Focus
Don’t allow the complexities of daily life to divert you from taking care of your heart.