“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:  looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears” (Heb 12:14, 15; LBT)

The root is the underground (invisible) part of a plant. Roots make up around one-third of the total dry weight of a plant. These are the main functions of the roots:

*To anchor and support plants

*To absorb and conduct water and minerals to the leaves and the fruits

*To store products of photosynthesis (carbohydrates, sugars, proteins)

*For winter survival of perennials

It is difficult to predict the root spread of any plant.  Under favorable growing conditions, the typical root spreads very fast. For example, I read that the total length of root tissues in a single rye plant is around 380 miles!

Bitterness is the result of a past painful injury that has not been healed. It comes from broken promises, lost dreams, proud and unrealistic expectations, childhood neglect or sexual abuse. Bitterness starts with blaming God for the pain. Its root is in rejecting Christ crucified, the only mediator between God and man. Bitterness is lack of peace between God and man. God chastises His people. That is He loving work as a Father. We should be grateful for His corrections. Jonah was angry with God. He eventually repented when rebuked by Him. Absalom was angry with his father and brother but he never repented and died a bitter rebellious man. What a loss…

The work of the Holy Spirit is to create the peculiar loving bond between the believers which is the unity of the Spirit. Bitterness destroys this holy bond of peace and love. Bitterness is a major source of divisions in the churches, quarrels and divorces even among the believers.

In Christ I declare:

I am a child of God!

As much as it is in my power, I shall pursue peace with all people!

I repent and reject all forms of quarrel, division, slander and jealousy!

I pay the price for holiness for I desire to see the Lord Jesus Christ!

I humble myself so that God’s grace, God’s favor may increase on my life!

I repent and uproot any root of bitterness! I have no regrets!

I am deeply grateful for what God has done and what He does in my life!

The deep root of bitterness has been replaced with the deep root of gratitude and peace!

The new root of peace shall be fruitful in my life!

I am a peace-maker!

I separate myself from any loser who lives in habitual sexual sin and idolatry like Esau!

I vow to immediately repent from any sin the Holy Spirit reveals to me!

I vow to give God all the glory for all good things in my life!

In Jesus name


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