Bitterness Breaks Fruitfulness
2 Samuel 6:16 NLT
But as the Ark of the Lord entered the City of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she was filled with contempt for him.
This podcast is a repost, originally published on Jan 5, 2017
This week we have been studying on Fruitfulness. We learned that
– Every single child of God is called to bear fruit.
– Intimacy leads to fruitfulness. Intimacy leads you to becoming pregnant with God’s dreams and desires, which leads you into fruitfulness. You must pray and remain in Him.
– Fruitfulness has to be consistent and become your lifestyle. You must bear fruit in every season.
Today we’ll look at something that hinders us from bearing fruit.
In 2 Samuel 6:16 it says that how Michal here mocks David as he was dancing and worshipping God. In her heart, she was filled with contempt and bitterness. This was not good. It may seem that her situation then was such that she had many reasons to be bitter – her father and brother were murdered in battle, she was forcibly separated from the man she was married and brought to David. She couldn’t understand why David was dancing and being so undignified. But because of her scorn, she remained fruitless her whole life and did not bear children.
Have you experienced bitterness in your life? Have you had situations where you were unable to let go of your past, of the rejections, of your insecure feelings? Such feelings are very real and often very painful. But you have to come to a place where you let it go and overcome that bitterness.
We all have such experiences where we decide we have had enough with someone and adopt a cold and distant attitude. During one such incident in my life, the Holy Spirit reminded me that if I behaved that way, it would affect my walk with God. Even when I decided that I would forgive this person, the Holy Spirit reminded me that if I am bitter towards this person, it would stop me from being fruitful.
How will I bless someone, share Jesus and express God’s love and kindness if I have bitterness towards this person?
This incident reminded me of Michal and I realized how my day to day life can be an example of unproductivity and fruitlessness if I don’t let go of bitterness. If am bitter in my heart and speak against people, I will lose productivity in my own life. Don’t let it come in the way of your relationship with someone.
If you have any bitterness towards anybody, lay it down at the feet of Jesus and ask Him to take control of your words and actions. He will give you the grace to overcome it. You will feel the release in your spirit when you yield to Him and every bitterness will melt away as you are filled with His kindness and grace.
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