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: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them.
Bitterness is living in the memory of our pain and being held captive to our heartache. It is like a time released poison that is quietly killing us and holds our soul in a time warp memory of our pain. Bitterness springs from a refusal to release or forgive those who hurt us. It can develop into a root that causes other wrong behaviors to surface (Hebrews 12:14-15) and often comes out as complaining (Job 7:11; Job 10:1) or pouting (which is silent complaining). It is extremely dangerous and it won’t go away by itself, it must be put away and let go of. If not put away the Bible tells us that it is one of the marks of a heart going toward apostasy to the Lord or abandoning what you once believed (Deuteronomy 29:18). In the Old Testament Book of Numbers 5:11-31 it says that bitter waters also cause the curse.
Bitterness is more devastating than betrayal. Betrayal is external. Bitterness is internal. Betrayal is something that others do to you. Bitterness is something you do to yourself. Thousands survive betrayals. Very few can survive the poison of bitterness. Recognize bitterness is a sin but also that God, in love for our soul (Isaiah 38:17), has made a provision for removing it from our life when Jesus died on the Cross.
God has an answer for every bitter thing. Do you remember when God’s people came to the bitter waters of Marah, God’s answer was a tree to make the bitter waters sweet. 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: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them.” The tree didn’t help them cope with the bitter waters but it changed them and made them sweet. This was prophetic of the power from the Cross of Calvary where Jesus died. Calvary’s tree was a bitter experience. The bitter herbs eaten at the Passover feast eaten with the Lamb, 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. The same Cross that saved us is the same Cross is where Jesus became the curse (Galatians 3:13,14), beat the devil, and made a provision of grace for every bitter experience. Grace can empower us to make it possible to let all bitterness be put away from us. The power to be free of bitterness is from God but the choice to let it go is up to us. “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 Ephesians 4:31, 32.”