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The Honors Program

Dr. David Miller, Hebrews 12:15 Devotional

By February 18, 2022 No Comments

Hebrews 12:15 – See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled

Bitterness is a dangerous root. It burrows down deep in our hearts and is not easily removed. It cuts off relationships, destroys marriages, costs people their jobs, divides parents from their children, and burns more bridges than you can count. Bitterness is a poison. Like a single splash of bleach in your cup of morning coffee, it will wreck you from the inside out. Worse yet, as the author of Hebrews says, it can even separate you from God. Are you bitter toward God? It can be subtle. You may not even recognize it as bitterness. It starts as a hurt or a disappointment. Then it develops into anger or jealousy prior to resentment setting in, and before you know it, bitterness is there and rearing its ugly head. Maybe you didn’t make the sports team you worked so hard for, or didn’t get the job you really wanted, or the guy at school you’ve been hanging out with started dating someone else. Regardless of the logic or reasoning, you blamed God for that disappointment. After all, He knew how much you wanted, no, needed that thing to happen. After a while, the pain subsided, and new opportunities came up, but you never really let that older hurt go. Just like bitterness with your neighbor or your father, you can be cordial and polite with the person, but your heart is seething inside. That relationship will never be healed until you acknowledge that hurt, forgive the person to release the anger, and break the cord of bitterness that has defiled you. Yes, you need to walk through this process with those around you, but it will only have a small effect until you address your bitterness toward God. Many of us need to accept the fact that God is neither a genie nor is He a vending machine. He does not do your bidding, and He never promised to give you everything you wanted. He actually calls us to do His bidding and give Him everything He wants. The relationship you have with God is one of humility, service, and devotion, and those are just our responsibilities. What does he provide to the relationship? Grace. Salvation. Heaven. Many of us need to forgive God so we can start forgiving those around us. Do it today; He is eager to forgive you. 

David Miller, is the Associate Dean for the traditional program, assistance professor of Bible and theology, Director of the honors program.

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