Thursday, 19 August 2010
BITTER ROOT GROWS UP
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.
A few years ago I was on a road trip with some new recruits I was mentoring and two them were having difficulty getting along. As one of the new recruits was explaining to several team leaders about many of the events that had happened during the week, I began to recognise several destructive things at work. There was a tree forming, from the bitter root that was filled with anger, gossip, lies, deception and misconceptions. What started out to be a disagreement between two young adults was now affecting many people. As each of them told their stories to friends at home and within the team in the office, there appeared to be opposing teams of people building. The bitter root was causing trouble and affecting many people's lives.
Although feelings of anger and rejection are very real and hard to deal with at times, we must choose to do the right things in these types of situations. Most importantly, we must zip our lips and NOT GOSSIP about others. What he said, she said, you and we said; needs to be kept under control and expressed to trusting adults, teachers, pastors, or youth leaders.
What other things would be important to do in these situations?
Also, what does the Bible say about love and what are the fruits of the Spirit and of the sinful nature?
Look up 1 Corinthians 13 and also Galatians 5:16-22 to answer these questions.