Root of Bitterness


— Kay Taiwo

According to Rick Renner’s devotional, Sparkling Gems from the Greek:

Hebrews 12:15 tells us how to recognize bad seed when it begins to produce destructive fruit in our lives. It says, "...lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you...." The words "springing up" are from the Greek word phuoo. This word depicts a little plant that is just starting to sprout and grow. It isn't a large plant yet; rather, it's a small seedling that is just breaking through the soil and starting to peek out at the world. However, the very fact that it's peeking through the soil means there is a seed hidden in the soil producing this new life.

This is a very significant picture. It tells us that bitterness doesn't overwhelm us all at once. Instead, it grows a little here and a little there until it finally becomes a huge, ugly growth that defiles our entire lives. Bitterness usually starts peeking up out of the depth of our souls in the form of negative thoughts about another person or a sour, sharp, distrusting, cynical attitude toward someone who has offended us. If the root is not quickly uprooted and removed, that bitterness will eventually become a full-blown tree that produces bitter, wounding, hurtful,and scornful fruit for everyone who eats of it."

What bitterness does to others:

“Looking diligently lest any fail of the grace of God, or lest any root of bitterness springing
up disturb you, and by it many are defiled.” Hebrews 12: