Have you ever felt inside of yourself a seed of resentment?
If you’re not sure, let’s clarify:
bitter indignation at having been treated unfairly
: his resentment at being demoted | some people harbor resentments going back several years |
Why do we – as human beings, and yes, even as Christians – experience this initially small, uncomfortable thing?
…because we lack forgivenss. We are unwilling to place that seed – and the monstorous plant that probably goes with it – on GOD’s altar to see it sacrificed in flames. You see, GOD’s fire burns in such a way that not even ahses are left to linger over.
That painful, bitter seed sprouts roots which dig themselves into our souls, making it fatal in some degree to remove. A piece, if not all, of our flesh must die for it to be fully extracted.
The leaves are jagged and twisting, an irritation to any tender sentiments or ideas. Oils on their surface cause a rash which induces us to rub that spot, keeping it inflamed.
The fragrance of the blossoms is sour, spoiling joyful moments, sweet memories, and playful conversation. It linger on these thing, temporarily tainting them.
To speak of the fruit… resentment – when neglected or nurtured – produces a sickening sensation. Some people can managed it and may eventually shift from ignoring it to enjoying it. Malice, jealousy, slander, abuse, and more are the bruised and poisonous fruits borne.
As humans, we each bear a seed of resentment. As Christians, what are we to do about it?