The buried hurts and unresolved issues harbored in our unconscious can become disease contributors. They bubble up into our lives and defile our day causing headaches, stomach aches, and other health issues.

I am so grateful that nothing is hidden from God. He gently but persistently works through our trials to bring up the hidden dross that would undermine our faith. Bitterness is a sin that is rooted in unforgiveness. Jesus purchased us with his shed blood on the cross. He forgave all our sins, past, present, and future. We are instructed in God’s Word to forgive as we have been forgiven (Matthew 6:14).

‘Springs up’ are my personal operative words. Many times I’ve regretted words that sprang up and out of my mouth before I even realized it. Once those words were released, I could not retract or erase them as if they didn’t happen. I was speaking from buried and unresolved issues in my heart.

Harboring hatred, ill-will, rancor, malice, bitterness, or resentment towards others results in actions that dishonor God. All actions are rooted in our thoughts. Unresolved issues become roots that entangle and choke out God’s design for our lives. They stunt our spiritual growth.

Bitterness defiles, rots and contaminates our body. Think about putrefied meat. Would you eat it? No! You wouldn’t want to get sick. Then release your unresolved issues so they don’t make you soul and body sick either.

Ask God to help. Repent and let the Great Physician heal your past wounds.

Father, I ask you to reveal the buried hurts that are hidden in my unconscious and seep unknowingly into my thought process. Heal my heart with the cleansing power of forgiveness to uproot and destroy the spiritual roots of bitterness. Amen.

Go Deeper — Write down two or three things that still bring up feelings of hurt or resentment. Now wad up the paper and place between your palms as you pray for God to heal you from these feelings. It may take time, but be persistent. The devil will want to drudge them up again so keep giving them to the Lord.

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