Bitter Root judgments usually originate in our families of origin and are often expressed in close relationships later in life. Children judge their parents and/or siblings for wounds suffered during the course of life together, Sometimes, as in cases of child sexual abuse, for example, the injuries are great and judgment seems justified. While we are permitted to judge behavior, we are not permitted to bitterly judge the heart or motivation of another person. When we do, we plant a seed of bitter judgment in our own life which operates like a curse pronounced over ourselves. Thus, we are not only injured by the original offense but also by our response to it. With the passage of time the unconfessed sin develops into a root system in our hearts. As we continue to judge bitterly, we strengthen that root system and it becomes more powerful and persistent in its quiet growth, Of course, we don't see the roots in this stage of development - they're well hidden - but later, we see the poison of our fruit that springs forth from the mature plant that has been nourished by the bitter roots of judgment. We wonder how on earth the unwanted fruit grew in our lives. We may blame someone else and continue in ignorance, reaping a harvest of bitterness in relationships that are very important to us.
God has set a law in motion which demands that we eat the fruit ourselves (Gal. 6:7). While most Christians realize the need to forgive others, most of us do not go to the extra step of examining our hearts to see if we made a bitter judgment (perhaps long ago) at the time of the hurtful offense, If we did, we need to expose the root of it ! . . . The habit of judging others is part of the old sin nature to which we die daily. Jesus died to remove from us the consequences for all sin, bitter root judgments included, but we have to confess our sins, repent and, in this case, stop judging bitterly to receive the full benefit of Jesus' sacrifice on our behalf.
Taken from: Christian Healing Ministry Newsletter, "Bitter Root Judgments" by Sara Flynn
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