My son went to the fridge and suspected the milk had gone bad. He turned towards me and asked me to taste it just to confirm his suspicion. I want to say, “why would I want to taste it if it is sour?” So, I try to look at it and smell it rather than risk tasting the sour milk. Has that ever happened to you?
This week we are reflecting on any areas of our lives where we may have turned our conscience or our warning countdown sounder down.
An area where I ignore my warning countdown sounder can be in dealing with conflict in relationships. Sometimes I know the right thing to do yet I keep the peace, let things slide or build a wall to protect myself.
Holding on to past hurts or plotting revenge is like choosing to guzzle a bottle of sour milk. When I hold on to negativity, everything else takes on that sour smell, taste and acidity. The bitterness takes root in me and makes me relate to people with distrust, insecurity, criticism, guilt, anger, suspicion and fear.
So, if something has happened that left a bad taste in your mouth, how are you going to get rid of it? How are you going to keep the bitterness from taking over your life?
Peter wrote, “Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.” 1 Peter 2:1-3
His antidote for getting rid of the taste of bitterness is to crave the goodness of God.
Have you experienced the goodness and kindness of God? Peter is telling us to remember that and spit the acid bitterness out. Time with God tastes so much sweeter than the sourness of resentment or revenge.
We hear the saying that “time heals all wounds.” But that is not true. Only the goodness of God can get the taste of bitterness out of our mouths and the root of bitterness out of our hearts.
Don’t waste another day.
Spend time with God and see how good God is and spit out any sourness or bitterness today.
PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. Increase my hunger for you and take away the bitterness in me so that I might experience your goodness and the fulness of life you have created me for. Amen.