Exodus 15:25 And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord showed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet….
Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the Grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.
Ephesians 4:30-32 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice. And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
There is grace to help in life’s bitter moments. There is grace at the moment we face an opportunity get bitter. Grace won’t fail us; we can only fail it. Bitterness is a choice because we’re told we can put it away. Bitterness is not just a wound seeking healing; it is a prosecuting attorney building a case against the guilty. We are commanded to put away all bitterness (Ephesians 4:31).
When Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea and they came to a place called Marah (bitterness) for the waters were bitter the people murmured against Moses. Moses went to the Lord and asked what shall they drink? Exodus 15:22-25 says, “And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord showed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them.” When they came to the bitter waters, God’s answer was a tree to make the bitter waters sweet. The tree didn’t help the bitterness it healed it. This of course points to the Cross, the tree Jesus bore the curse on (Galatians 3:13, 14). The same cross that saved us is the same cross that bore the curse of every bitter thing and making a provision of grace available to us.
God has an answer for every bitter thing. Calvary’s tree was a bitter experience. The bitter herbs eaten at the Passover feast eaten with the Lamb, also symbolized the bitter suffering of the cross. Remember He did it in our place. What He substituted for us we don’t have to suffer. Just as bitterness is a decision, so is forgiveness. We can choose to let all bitterness go and be put away from us and choose to forgive. By grace we can get better and not bitter.