Daughter of the Most High
You either nurture beauty or bitter in your heart, you get to decide.
The Bible defines the heart as the thoughts and feelings of a person, the mind or middle of a person; the part of our being that is connected to God and to our experiences in the world. It is the seat of our emotions, our innermost secret place. With the heart, we love, we hate, we covet, we crave, we forgive, we remember, and we forget. Salvation happens when we believe in our hearts. Doubt and unforgiveness also happen in our hearts. All of our experiences—good or bad—are felt and processed in our hearts. What we let stay and what we let go determines the quality of our soil.
Most women have experienced at least one unpleasant, painful event in life.
Many have experienced loss, rejection, and betrayal, being taken advantage of, molestation, rape, abuse, miscarriage or abortion. The way we process the bad experiences will determine what we allow to grow in our hearts. Bitterness will take root if we allow pride, bondage, fear, feelings of unworthiness and low self-esteem, jealousy, distrust, manipulation, anger, resentment or unforgiveness to settle in our hearts.
When bitterness grows, it affects us as well as those we have influence over and it holds us back from God’s plans (see Hebrews 12:15).
We will all be faced with feelings of bitterness at some point. If you allow the bitterness to continue to grow in your heart, you will containment other peoples’s faith. However, when you have to learn to put those bitter feelings aside and deal with things with a pleasant attitude you will encourage other people’s faith as they watch you go through your trials gracefully. When you keep a pleasant attitude, after a while, it won’t just be about encouraging other people; hope will spring up in your heart and you will have faith to believe again.
We are called to let go of the bitterness.
This is the only way the beauty of God’s incorruptible word to grow in our hearts and be reflected through our lives. However, that is not possible if you hold onto the past. Beloved, if there is anything causing bitterness to grow in your heart, forgive and to let go now so you won’t be held back from the beautiful destiny God has for you.