We all have them. The stubborn, annoying, unwanted little demons otherwise named as blackheads. The development of blackheads and how to get rid of them are not well known. However, we do know they clog up the pores, and they multiply rather quickly.
As a creative writer I like to contrast the outer with the inner. Isn’t it crazy how we can also see a connection to the heart with blackheads? I think of bitterness as a blackhead that can literally clog up our spirit man. Not only that, but the Bible says in Hebrews 12:15 that a bitter root in someone’s heart can grow up to defile many. Bitterness has the potential to corrupt everyone around you.
And just like blackheads, we can all struggle with bitterness. Just when you think you got rid of bitterness, someone cuts you off in the other lane and love is NOT what explodes from your heart. Come on be honest!
Bitterness takes root in a heart that is not completely purified; in a heart that holds judgement against God and others. Even though you may believe in God and worship Him in song, and read your Bible, and tell others about Him, you yourself may hold some deep un-forgiveness inside of your heart that is just covered up by a little make -up.
In Acts 8 we see of a man named Simon who was set free from sorcery after hearing Phillip’s message and he changed his outward ways. He went around with him spreading the gospel, and was amazed at the signs and wonders that followed him. Yet when he was approached by Peter and John, men who were full of the Holy Spirit discerned and called him out on the motives of his heart and rebuked Simon for the bitterness in his heart.
When we are set free from the things of this world, it usually becomes evident to the world because of the changes that happen outwardly. But it takes a while longer to do the deeper cleanse. Bitterness starts early in life. It becomes such a terrible root and if it is not dealt with early on, it is a stubborn enough to stay put and increase in strength.
Here are some of my favorite tricks to rid your heart of the blackheads of bitterness and leave you with a clean and clear complexion on the inside:
- Exfoliate With A Friend. By doing this, the dead stuff is buffed away by the particles of iron sharpening iron, getting rid of clogged up areas that can lead to blackheads of bitterness. Simply mix a little forgiveness with the love you received from God and others until the smooth feelings are formed. When done regularly, this will aid in ridding the heart of the blackheads of bitterness.
- Deep Cleansing Pore Strips. The unsung hero of blackhead-free hearts are the stripes that He bore for you found in Isaiah 53:5. Simply touch the area of your heart you wish to treat, apply the Scripture and let it sink in for at least 15 minutes. When you’re ready to remove the strip, pull it off like you would a bandage: very swiftly. What’s left behind in the strip will most likely gross you out, but it’s better to be on the strip than in your heart. Get rid of it.
- Remove the Masks.Masks are meant to be removed. Many of us leave the earth based masks on our faces covering up our blemishes. We don’t want anyone to see our dirt. Masks that are clay-based draw out the impurities in our skin much like it does when the Holy Spirit covers our heart. Think of the Holy Spirit as a magnet that draws out the blackheads in your heart. By regularly using a deep cleansing mask, you’ll start to see amazing results.
“Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”
- Don’t Pick. The worst thing your can do is pick at blackheads. In other words, dwell on it. Picking at it and dwelling on the offenses of others will only make you more bitter. Let your inner beauty routine do its job! Even though it’s tempting to quickly get rid of them, picking at blackheads will only make the long-term situation worse.
“But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.”