Words of Hope and Inspiration with Joel and Victoria Osteen

Words of Hope and Inspiration with Joel and Victoria Osteen

What’s Growing in Your Heart?

joel osteen, victoria osteen, joel and victoria osteenScripture tells us that the Word of God is a seed that, when planted in our hearts, flourishes into the harvest of blessing God has prepared for us. But if we are going to experience all that God has for us, we have to tend to our spiritual garden and pull out the weeds just like we would in a natural garden. What are those weeds? Offense, bitterness and unforgiveness sown by the enemy. And just like earthly weeds grow extremely fast, if we leave these spiritual weeds alone, they will soon overrun and choke the good seeds that we want to grow in our lives. (See Matthew 13:25)


I remember one time early in our marriage, Joel and I were having a disagreement. There was no way that we were going to see eye to eye. My feelings were hurt, and I was highly frustrated. But Joel, on the other hand, didn’t see our disagreement as a big deal and had grown tired of talking about it. So to appease me and end the discussion, he half-heartedly said, “I’m sorry.” That was good enough for him, and he went about his business. But as I walked into the other room and closed the door, I turned around and stuck out my tongue at him. It seemed innocent enough, but even in my frustration, I knew it was disrespectful. After a few minutes of contemplation, I realized that I couldn’t let that disrespect take root in my heart, and I had to deal with it quickly. So I walked back into the kitchen to Joel and told him that I loved him and respected him…even though he was wrong. Joel simply smiled and said, “I knew you would come around.”


Remember, if you start showing disrespect in your relationships even in small ways, just like a weed, it will soon manifest itself in larger displays of disrespect. When you allow offenses to linger and grow, before long, they will become big issues that strain and weaken your relationships. I recognized that the gesture of sticking out my tongue—as innocent as it may have seemed—was planting seeds of resentment in my own heart, and I didn’t want to reap that kind of harvest in our future. Now, I’m careful to forgive and not allow weeds to linger in my heart.

Today, if you notice weeds of bitterness, offense or unforgiveness lingering in your heart, choose to uproot them by choosing to forgive! Your future is too important, and your relationships are too important. Don’t allow the enemy to deceive you into thinking that those destructive mindsets are justifiable. Choose God’s way. Uproot those weeds and allow His Word to flourish in your heart!

Comments Post the First Comment »
post a comment

Comments are closed.

Previous Posts

It's Time For Some "First Times"
One time at church, I was talking to a college student. She was about to take a very important final exam. She asked, "Joel, would you pray that God will help me make a C on this test?" I kind of laughed and said, "Why wouldn't we want to pray ...

posted 8:57:13am Aug. 20, 2012 | read full post »

Standing In The Place of Power
We all have times when things come against us. Times when we feel cheated, mistreated, wronged or taken advantage of. Maybe you're facing a difficulty today and you're not exactly sure how to handle it. If we look to the Word, we see that ...

posted 8:51:40am Aug. 17, 2012 | read full post »

What To Wear Today
If you're like me, when you wake up in the morning, you start thinking about your day—where you'll be going, who you'll be seeing, and what the weather will be like. Then you go to your closet and choose something to wear that will work for ...

posted 8:48:46am Aug. 15, 2012 | read full post »

Stay On Winning Side
Right before Jesus was arrested and taken to the cross, He had a conversation with one of his disciples, Peter. He said, "Peter, you are going to deny me three times tonight." But Peter loved Jesus and refused to believe it, "No way! I would ...

posted 8:46:54am Aug. 13, 2012 | read full post »

Thank God For Generational Blessings
We can all look back through our family lines and see how our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and others in our family history have affected our lives. Sometimes people see negative things that have been passed down, but the blessing ...

posted 8:37:39am Aug. 13, 2012 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.