Now the question we need to ask ourselves is, “Am I making myself sick? Am I sabotaging my relationships? Am I limiting my potential? Am I holding myself down because my spirit is unhealthy”?
Scripture says, “Make sure that no root of bitterness springs forth and defiles you”. It describes bitterness as a root. A root is underground. You can’t see it. But if you let it grow, it’s going to spring forth.
A bitter root will produce bitter fruit. What’s on the inside is going to show up on the outside. We try to fix the fruit, we deal with the symptom, but the fruit is not the real problem. We need to go to the source and get rid of the root. Another saying is, “Guard your heart, for out of it come the issues of life”. One of our main responsibilities is to keep the toxins out, keep those roots from springing up. Offenses are going to come, cranky co-workers will come, disappointments, hurts, jealousy, anger. You can’t stop it from coming.