“See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” Hebrews 12:15
Most of us have seen it happen.
Something happens to a normal, well-adjusted, happy person. Something bad. Something mean. Something painful. Something unfair. Something devastating. Loss. Conflict. Abuse. Divorce. Financial reversal.
Something happens. Whatever that something, the person gets stuck. He can’t process through the difficulty. She just can’t seem to shake it off and move on. The root of bitterness grows up. As a result, slowly over time, this once-pleasant person is morphed into the embodiment of bitterness.
The end result is not a pretty picture.
- A pleasant woman transformed into someone sour and harsh.
- A supportive friend altered into a resentful detractor.
- A gracious person changed into a petty critic.
- A peaceful man distorted into someone abrasive and hostile.
Some of us have seen it happen so many times that we can almost see it coming while someone is still in the middle of a crisis. Here we go again.
No question about it, bitterness can overtake a person’s heart and affect his entire life. So what do we do? How do we prevent it? In what ways can we help people uproot the bitterness that is growing unchecked?
The answer just might be right there in the scripture. God’s grace. Some people miss God’s grace. When they miss experiencing God’s grace in their own lives, it is highly unlikely they will be gracious about circumstances or to others. The antidote to bitterness is recognizing God’s generosity. The remedy is appreciating God’s special favor.
The root of bitterness corrupts and defiles. The root of grace refreshes and restores.
Don’t miss God’s grace.