There is another scene in chapter 8 to look at today. Simon the sorcerer used to enamor the crowds with his magic. Verse 10 says that the people said: this man is the great power of God.
Philip was in Samaria preaching. There were miracles, possessed folks were delivered, and many were healed. Verse 12 says, “But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.”
Verse 13 says that Simon also believed and was baptized and continued with Philip. When Simon saw the power of God released when Peter and John laid hands on folks, he offered them money to get the same power.
In verse Peter scathingly said, “…your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!” Verse 21 Peter told him that his heart was not right with God.
Verse 22-23 says, “Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound in iniquity.”
His heart was not right because his thoughts were full of hidden sin. Our hearts are our belief center. All thoughts come from what we believe. When we bury bitterness in our heart, it feeds out through our thoughts and actions. Bitterness creates chemical imbalances that can cause inner defilement and disease.
Unresolved issues of bitterness, anger, resentment, and unforgiveness negatively affect us as well as those around us. Hebrews 12:15 calls it a bitter root judgment that defiles and contaminates.
Have you allowed your circumstances to negatively affect you, so that you spew bitterness through your words and actions? Father help us to draw others through a fragrant heart as we walk in Your grace. Help us to have a gracious attitude in all that we say and do.