Your warm smile and personality may fool people for a while but your heart will eventually give you away. The tiny pebble of bitterness is so small it cannot be seen by the keenest spiritual eye. Some of the most wonderful people are carrying a pebble of bitterness without knowing it. My Spirit instantly detects the slightest formation of one of these pebbles. These pebbles grow in the heart over a period of time and eventually harden the entire heart to the density of stone.
It all begins with a simple offense that is not dealt with.
“It is impossible to stop offenses from coming: but woe unto him, that carries the offense!” Luke 17:1 The carrier of an offense eventually becomes poisonous to the entire body of Christ. Bitterness is first detected by temperature, because its core is ice cold! The moment you feel a coolness developing toward a person who walks in the room, you can be sure you have one of these pebbles in your heart. This is where the love of many begins to wax cold. Matthew 24:12 Deal with it quickly or you are headed for disaster. Your first outward sign is you body language. You refuse to look at them, you walk to the opposite side of the room, you refuse to laugh at their jokes and you always avoid or ignore them! If it is not dealt with, soon your tongue will not be held back and the cold hard pebble will begin to speak poison into the rest of the body.
The pebble will then grow by the hour until you cannot stay in the same room, church or company with the person. That simple little pebble will turn into a despicable hatred that not only includes the person, but even their family and friends. Eventually the very mention of their name will cause the grinding of your teeth, exploding into yours or their exodus and fulfilling the will of Satan. You will either cause a church split, walk out with a heart of stone, or cause the person to leave because the temperature is so cold! Which ever it is Satan won and you are lost and undone again. The basic rule of the kingdom is; If you will not forgive men their trespasses, offenses, or sins, neither will My Father forgive yours, Matthew 6:15.
It is very difficult to find forgiveness of this sin because a hard heart is not easily broken, and stone does not easily melt. All I can say is, “Repent of this wickedness, and pray God, and see if perhaps the thoughts in your heart may be forgiven.  For it is easy to perceive that your heart is in the gall of bitterness, and you are bound again by iniquity” Acts 8:22-23. There is one hope left for those with a heart of stone; you must leave the altar, and go be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present yourself to Me” Matthew 5:24. Then and then only will I give you a new heart, and a new spirit: and I will take away the stony heart, and I will give you an heart of flesh once again, Ezekiel 36:26.
Is there anyone at all you don’t want to see today? Pray and ask My Holy Spirit to reveal the pebble before it destroys you. If the pebble is not to large you still have a chance to “bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you” Luke 6:28. If you can’t, your heart is already turning to stone, get help now, your dying. There is someone right now that is saying, this is crazy, I have a reason, and you are rehashing the offense, making a stronger case, like you have done a hundred times before.
I’m sorry child, but your heart is already too hard! “If you think you can judge them which offend you, and do the same thing by offending My Spirit, and not escape the judgment of My Father; Your Wrong!!  Your despising the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering toward you; not knowing that His goodness has been trying to lead you to repent?  But now your hardness and impenitent heart has stored up in your account His wrath against you in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of My Father” Romans 2:3-5.
It’s not that My Father can’t forgive you, it’s that you can’t repent because you have a heart of stone!
~ Jim Hammerle
|Jim Hammerle (1941-2017) began ministry working with David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, founding Teen Challenge Philadelphia. 6 times in the mission field pastoring a mission ship, 15 years with tv and radio, teaching, and preaching. As a retired businessman, Jim helped to feed widows and orphans in Uganda, helping Muslims find the Jesus who fed them. He became His banker and was privileged to give His money away, wherever He decided, so he also helping to build an orphanage in Haiti and investing in lives in the USA. Totally in love with his Lord, at age 73 he served in ministry at Victory Christian Church and lived every hour listening for his Heavenly Father’s voice. Jim passed away on May 23, 2017 to be with the LORD.