In Hebrew 12:15, referring to Esau, we are told to see to it that “no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble.” I suppose there is no end to the trouble caused by bitterness. It certainly can cause us to do foolish things.
This week in worship we will progress from the shocking truth that Christ became the curse for us to the wonderful promise that we no longer stand condemned. The blood of Christ should break the root of bitterness and the result should be gratefulness.
We will sing: “What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul?” I love the joyful side of minor songs, and this one truly captures it. The death of Christ is bitter sweet. The Lord of bliss became the man of sorrows. In my place he stood condemned. But the fact that I am no longer condemned is all sweet – no bitterness. Hallelujah, what a Savior!