“Work at getting along with each other and with God. Otherwise you’ll never get so much as a glimpse of God. Make sure no one gets left out of God’s generosity. Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time. Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—but by then it was too late, tears or no tears.” (Heb 12:14)
I‘m sure that for most of us, this year hasn’t been the easiest, either for ourselves, or watching our loved ones as they go through the fire.
For me, my Mamma’s been seriously ill with her heart and has been in and out of hospital more times this year than a working ambulance! And as you can well imagine, that factor alone has brought our family many associated emotional issues which have had to be dealt with; anger, bitterness, remorse...!
The thing is, we all know that if unchecked, each one of these ’weeds of bitter discontent’ will grow and grow and take over the whole garden. But when your hurting its so easy to turn turtle and reach for the booze, pills, junk food or ice-cream and then blame and fall out with GOD and everybody else that are just trying to help.
So, if you’re acting as a ministering Angel sent to help someone right now, be kind and humbly remember that the tables can turn at any time, and if you’re someone suffering under the strain, then remember GOD’s promise, “I am with you, I will never leave you, never forsake you!” ❤️