A good gardener is able to distinguish between plants and weeds in their infant stages. This foresight may be the difference between his life and death because of poisonous plants such as the deadly nightshade.

This plant grows low to the ground like many shrubs. Its soft stem rises about five feet from the ground, branching out to produce long leaves. With poisonous berries similar in appearance to edible berries, it’s easy to mistakenly ingest them. The sweet taste of the berries is soon forgotten due to their dangerous toxins. A number of harmful side effects soon follow the consumption of even small quantities.

A wise Christian is able to identify seeds of bitterness in their infant stages. He sees them germinate into feelings of resentment toward someone who has wronged him. He takes note when the seeds extend their roots deep into his heart, making it difficult for him to rejoice when another person succeeds. The Christian horticulturist uproots the seedlings before they can mature and poison others.

Bitterness spells death for all who taste its fruit. Is this weed hampering your relationships? Don’t allow it to poison your mind. You don’t have to be overburdened with bitter feelings. Commit your hurts to God, and He’ll help you attack bitterness at the root.

The heaviest thing to carry is a grudge. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.