Exercise foresight and be on the watch to look [after one another], to see that no one falls back from and fails to secure God’s grace (His unmerited favor and spiritual blessing), in order that no root of resentment (rancor, bitterness or hatred) shoots forth and causes trouble and bitter torment, and the many become contaminated and defiled by it …


Bitterness comes from years of practice. It first starts with a little offence, then it develops into resentment, animosity and anger until it is rooted deep in your heart. It stems from suffering that has not been properly dealt with.

We have all been wronged at some time in our lives, and we have all done wrong to someone else without even being fully aware of it at times. How do you handle this testing experience in a godly way?

Firstly, if you have wronged someone, you need to know about it, as you are unable to make it right without knowledge of the problem.

Secondly, if you have been wronged, the Bible encourages you to go to your brother (or sister) and try to make it right. If they hear you, you have gained a brother. If not, then release them and go on your way, having done all that you could.

Do not let the root of bitterness grip your heart – it will defile you. Get better not bitter.

In His Presence- Day by Day: Dr. Lyndie McCauley