The wonderful workings of the Lord’s swift hand gave me a tremendous reminder of the defiling of nature of bitter roots. I have been charged and guilty of Root Rot. Root Rot? It’s the not keeping offenses committed against oneself nailed to the cross for Abba to manage but instead taking the offenses off the cross expecting penance from the offenders. Regardless of the offense, Abba brought me back to genuine forgiveness in the story of the unforgiving servant. This is a call to myself and other Believers to repent and turn from the Rot. It too does not advance the Kingdom of God.
“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’ And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt. But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe.’ So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’ But he was unwilling and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed. So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened. Then summoning him, his lord said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’ And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.” Matthew 18:23-35
Abba, thank you for showing me my Root Rot and forgive me for my disobedience. Holy Spirit bind up the old, hardened man and loose within me the new, grace filled man in all areas of life. Thank you for your constant grace and showing me how to grow. Thank you for the act of public confession and its healing power. Amen