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 Church of God Mission International – Above Only Daily Devotional 3 May  2024 | HOW TO GUARD YOUR HEART FROM BITTERNESS AND OFFENCE 

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ABOVE ONLY DAILY DEVOTIONAL

BY: ARCHBISHOP M. E. BENSON IDAHOSA

FRIDAY MAY 3RD, 2024

HOW TO GUARD YOUR HEART FROM BITTERNESS AND OFFENCE

Psalms 106:32-33, Hebrews 12:14-15

They angered him also at the waters of strife so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes: Because they provoked his spirit so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips. *Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

Instead of speaking to the rock as God told him to, out of anger Moses spoke harshly to the people and then struck the rock twice. Though water still came out abundantly from the rock, God was not pleased with Moses, (Numb.20:8-12). If we are not careful, what happened to Moses can happen to anyone; especially when you are a leader.

One major way to guard your heart against bitterness and offense is by not losing sight of the love and kindness of God. When you focus more on the wickedness and hurt men give to you, bitterness and offense will take root in your heart. But when you focus more on the love and kindness of God, your heart will be so filled with the love of God that instead of allowing the evil that men do to provoke and overcome you, you will find yourself overcoming evil with good, (Rom.12:19-21).

Another way to guard your heart is by always yielding to the leading of the Spirit of God. God is always at work in you by His Spirit, making you willing and able to do His good will, (Phil.2:13). As you yield to the Spirit, instead of fulfilling the lusts of your flesh, you will develop the fruit of the Spirit, (Gal.5:16-23). “If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, and do not stay angry all day. Don’t give the Devil a chance,” (Eph.4:26-27, GNB). Yield to the Spirit of God.

Prayer: Dear Father, please help me to always focus on your great love and kindness and to keep yielding myself to your Spirit.

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