The Snake That Bites
Now Think On This
“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.” (Matthew 6:14-15 THE MESSAGE)
Slithering here, gliding there, ventures the long, slimy camouflaged snake in the tall, pleasant looking grass. Little know of his whereabouts, for most of his work is done in secret.
Then he strikes. Only after he bites, and leaves his deadly poison, are the full effects realized. He could have been stopped at the entrance to the field, if the stationed guard had been watching, alert at his post. But that didn’t happen.
He came in. Unnoticed. And did what he has been doing for centuries.
The snake that bites, releasing his curse – the one that destroys relationships.
The older you become, the more venom you seem to carry with you, taking the life blood out of your very life. Unless you have dealt with it along the way, it still lingers in your veins. From the youthful days of growing up, with kids teasing and bullying you; or the teenage years, when fitting in wasn’t working; you had craved acceptance, but got bit instead. The love you desperately needed ended up killing the new life the two of you had created. Now you hate the one who had promised to love you.
When you got older, marriage (if you indeed did what was the righteous norm years ago) started off as the movies said it would, “living happily ever after.” But somehow the “ever after,” or even the “living happily” for that matter, ended up not so. When the honeymoon had quickly ended, followed by a tough six years of enduring the silent, or often blaring, physical abuse, you were left alone raising two toddlers, having to care tiresomely for what was left.
Not so rough for you? How about those wounds you carry from words spoken to you in years, even decades, gone by which cut to your heart. Words from your parent, your son or daughter, or one who you thought was a real friend? Still hurting with its venom in your veins, isn’t it? Now you get the point.
No wonder people become so hard. Is it any wonder that life could easily end now, make it all go away, and be done with it?
When the snake bites, the venom flows in the blood. Only one Person can remove the slow death. Only one Person, the Giver of Life, can take away the sting that has left so many crying out for the real thing. Our desire is to be loved and accepted. Forgiveness towards those who don’t believe or understand that has to begin somewhere.
It starts with forgiveness.
Jesus alone, the Only Begotten Son of God, has the power to forgive, both your own sins and those committed by the ones who hurt you. He paid the required price on the cross, to obtain forgiveness from the Father for the original snake bite. That one bite that historically occurred in the Garden of Eden. First the deception. Followed by the outright lie. Then the bite, piercing into the mind, filling the original two with damnation.
It wasn’t a storybook fairy tale. It really happened, and we live the effects of it in our own lives still today, as the snake continues his evil movement all around the world, in all the nations.
You have been bitten. Many times. We all have. It is a fact of life.
To keep the venom from killing your heart, from tormenting your soul, while removing the joy of the Lord from your spirit, you must forgive those who have hurt you. You must let the Lord Jesus heal you – in spirit, soul and body – so you can live again.
Don’t let the snake’s venom flow in your veins. You can have the blood of Jesus, which cleanses all sin, cover yours, and enable you to release forgiveness to those closest to you, and the ones whom the enemy has used against you. God the Father is a loving God. His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, paid the price on the cursed cross, so you could be free from the snake bites that have kept you from loving Him and those around you.