The Secret of GREAT Fellowship & Revival.

Daily Spirit & Word: 681: Great Fellowship & Revival

The Root of Bitterness.

Don’t Get Bitter; Get Better.

We had a wonderful PCC (Parochial Church Council) Meeting last night. PCCs are not known for being fun, friendly or faith-filled, but you should have been there. Members arrived and were all chatting away with one another, we had coffee / tea and biscuits. People were catching-up. You know something, that’s wonderful, when you know that people are really just glad to be there and to see one another.

Hebrews 12:14-15 (NIV)
14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no-one will see the Lord.
15  See to it that no-one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

Jesus said that is by our sincere love for one another that people will KNOW we are His disciples. That love was obvious last night.

Secondly, we listened by a short teaching from Adrian Rogers on; “The Root of Bitterness”: How bitterness can creep into a church fellowship. I shared last week how someone in our Evangelism team had gotten upset by another member, it was a mistake, but the hurt and offence were real. If it had been left to fester it would have spoiled the church. Bitterness, hurt or offence must be dealt with quickly. If not, as the verse above tells us “it causes trouble and many are defiled”…

God tells us, “Don’t let the sun go down on your anger”… If we’ve been hurt by someone in fellowship, be it real or imagined, it causes offence and if we don’t sort out our anger quickly it can turn to bitterness. Bitterness reveals it’s ugly head in many different ways. It’s like a deadly snake hiding in the long-grass.

How do you know if you are feeling bitter towards someone in church?

Have you ever wondered why you don’t want to be with someone?

If there is anyone in your fellowship that you don’t want to sit beside, perhaps because you’ve been upset by them in the past, then there’s a danger you are bitter. When you don’t want to talk with someone after the service or when you turn you head pretending you didn’t see them – are you not bitter? Bitter people spoil genuine fellowship. Note that it says “DEFILE MANY”. It doesn’t just affect you or the person who’s upset you, it can infect and defile a whole fellowship over time. It’s like a deadly disease to genuine fellowship.

Bitterness Can Come As A Shock:

Just like this new virus in South America; Zika virus, you sometimes don’t know you’ve been bitten.

You know, BITTERNESS is deceptive too. We don’t know our hearts sometimes. It can creep in unawares. Satan loves it when we’re hurt or offended by others in church. However, God hates it, because He wants to BLESS his people, but until we’re UNITED in love and unity, He can’t bestow His blessings. Revival can’t happen in a fellowship where there is division. No wonder Satan loves it when we’re angry, upset, feeling hurt and getting bitter about each other.

Of course there are sometimes wonderful moments when the Holy Spirit shows up in our gatherings, that just His GRACE and MERCY, but imagine what He could do with a fellowship that was totally free from any bitterness? What blessings would flow, what JOY we’d know, how we would love to be with one another as the PCC was last night.

My friends, if you’ve been hurt by someone in church, then don’t try to hide it, deny it or cover it up. It will not go away all by itself. They say that “time is a healer and you’ll feel better in time”. Well let me tell you a Kingdom Secret: Time is not a healer. Time is just something God created for us to live in. It’s NOTHING: It has no powers what-so-ever. No my friends, we’ve got to face-up, own-up, fess-up to our anger, hurts and bitterness.

  • First we do it with the Lord: Ask Him to show us. When He does, don’t try and excuse it or deny it. Instead, confess it, own it and turn from it.
  • Then as far as we can, we are to live at PEACE with everyone. “Make every effort to live in peace”…
  • Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.
  • God wants to bless your fellowship so much. Much more than you can imagine.
  • He wants you to KNOW His presence, power and REVIVAL.

“If a tree is bad, it will produce bad fruit” When the root is rotten, there won’t be much fruit at all. The fruit of course is the fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. You’ll notice if you are feeling bitter that these fruits are in short supply, you’ll be found wanting. Wondering why you are being so; unloving, unkind, angry, have no patience, are rough in the way you answer people, the peace of God leaves your life and home-life. My friends, you are BITTER: Don’t let the root of bitterness linger too long in your life. It will “DEFILE” many.

Don’t GET Bitter; Get Better. 

Of course it may not be within your church you’ve been hurt or offended: It might be; home, work, school, college, out shopping, etc… Check your heart condition with God.

Let the living water (holy Spirit) flow over your soul today, check yourself out to see if there is a ROOT OF BITTERNESS within your heart today. Come afresh to Jesus and be healed. Forgive the one who offended you. Bless them with a gift of kindness. Greet one another with a kiss of friendship.

Hebrews 12:14-15 (NIV)
14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no-one will see the Lord.
15  See to it that no-one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

We all want to see our churches growing, healthy and strong and that REVIVAL will break out amongst us, but it won’t until we deal with the deadly roots of bitterness in our life. Where brothers and sisters dwell together in unity, there the Lord commands His blessings.

Walk in Jesus today. Seek the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

Don.

P.S. Back to Revelation tomorrow.

P.S.S. Alpha is starting soon in St Luke’s Church. Who are you going to bring along so they can discover Jesus?

LINK: Adrian Rogers “The Root of Bitterness” Love worth finding.

You can also watch his great teaching here: Adrian Rogers.