(Deuteronomy 29:18).“Make sure there is no root among you that produces such bitter poison”
Hebrews 12:15 Be careful that no one falls short of the grace of God, so that no root of bitterness will spring up to cause trouble and DEFILE many.
This “bitter poison” is worship in disobedience of the covenant.
(Amos 6:12 New International Version (NIV)12 Do horses run on the rocky crags?
Does one plow the sea[a] with oxen? But you have turned justice into poison
and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness—
The “bitter root” in Hebrews refers to a source of evil or wickedness within the church.
A source or root can be a minor thing and measured as slow in its growth, but, it is poison, it is evil; it is dangerous, especially when it starts brewing among the members..
This should not be tolerated, especially amoung the Elders; bitterness in the pulpit defiles the whole congregation as a result of tolerating wickedness means that many will be defiled.
The seed of bitterness is a hurt that is rooted in someone. It may be intentional or unintentional. Sometimes the hurt is only imagined, but somehow you feel that someone has said things in the wrong tone of voice or may we got offend on how it was said or presented.
There are also times when the hurt may be the very rebuke of God upon our life. That is the context of Hebrews 12:14-15.
Bitterness in the heart holds on to hostility. When someone becomes bitter, the bitterness takes root in the heart and grows deeper. A bitter person is easily hurt, insincere, and holds grudges.
#bitterness is like the lion with a thorn in his paw#
“Bitterness is like being locked up for someone elses crime”