“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failing and shortcomings and let them drop. 26: But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your failings and shortcomings. Mark 11:25-26 AMP
The fruit of un-forgiveness, bitterness and offenses must be dealt with clear down to the root of our soul, or we will continue to deal with them again and again. Another characteristic of the sycamine tree is its bark which is used to make caskets/coffins out of. Will we allow a fruit that produces a spiritual evilness and dryness in us to where we are of no use and we don’t even recognize it because we have encapsulated our self in a casket.
Note: Our friendships die through neglect. We cannot expect others to read our minds. We need to voice our concerns over any offenses we may have and express our desire to make things right. Our silence often waters the roots of the Sycamine tree. Talk it out!
Satan will “sting” us over and over again with “stingers” of un-forgiveness, bitterness and offenses towards others so that the Fruit of the Spirit we are told to produce in our lives don’t exist. We are bitter fruit living in a casket, dead to the blessings that we should be experiencing.
As we chew and nibble on the memory of what has happened to us in the past as we think and rethink on past offenses and we have internalized these bitter feelings of others because we didn’t take the time to deal with the offense or the wrong that caused the bitterness and un-forgiveness in us; which has now internalized that poisonous sting that has made us just like them!
Yes, yes, yes … for me it was a very long antagonizing painful journey that almost got me killed. However, by the grace and mercy of Jesus I was shown with spiritual eyes my black and blue body beaten up by the devil; also, I don’t think I had one inch of skin that didn’t have a “welt” that was placed by a wasp sting of offenses, bitterness and un-forgiveness. By the grace and mercy of the Holy Spirit he began to heal me of my bruises and pulled the stingers out one by one. It didn’t come overnight but, by the grace of God I did get there. It came to me that having a long stinger and stinging other people aggressively and repeatedly for what they had done to me was nothing compared to what I was allowing to happen to myself by the “sting”.
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