Sunday

Sin Looks Attractive But It Stinks - Like Rafflesia

parasites, bitterness, evil, rafflesia, stink of death
Rafflesia is a parasitic plant found in Asia.

It has no stems, leaves or roots, but it inserts itself into vines and grows a five-petaled flower known as a "corpse flower." It smells like rotting flesh and sometimes grows 39 inches in circumference.

What a great illustration of bitterness. Bitterness is a parasite. It needs a host human to grow and produce death and decay.

But bitterness is different than Rafflesia because it can be instantly cut off, killed, and overcome.

"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:20-21 

In God's economy things always seem upside-down, impossible, and illogical.

But it's true. We can keep evil, injustice, and mistreatment from ruling over us by responding in goodness, not bitterness.

This isn't an "easy" cure. It's not natural for us to treat our enemies with kindness. But we have Christ's power (Philippians 4:13), and we have the assurance that the results will be miraculous and freeing!
image: wiki commons, Steve Cornish
 
Would you like to do a short Bible study about this subject with 3 Scripture passages that are good to have handy if you are going through a difficult time?  Then check out today's Bite Size Bible Study.

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