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Hebrews 12:15 says, “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”

Many times we miss the grace of God in our marriage because we allow bitterness to take root. Bitterness begins subtly. It could begin simply with unfulfilled expectations or some disappointment that grows into resentment. Perhaps we failed to completely forgive our spouse for a public embarrassment or maybe the goals and dreams once aspired to have given way to financial ruin. Bitterness results when what we think will satisfy, fails to satisfy. Hope deferred makes the heart grow sick.

If not dealt with, bitterness can destroy our marriage. Just as Moses threw the wood into the bitter water of Marah, we must apply the cross of Jesus to our hearts. The polluted water of bitterness stands no chance against the grace and mercy offered by Jesus. We need to return to it often to remember the forgiveness and love poured out by Jesus for us.  We must drink and be satisfied in our marriage from the sweet water of fellowship made possible by the cross of Jesus Christ. He alone can heal our brokenness and reconcile our hearts.

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