Hebrews says, ďSee to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiledĒ (Heb. 12:15). Bitterness is a root, which means it lives under the surface. You can look at a flower bed and only see dirt and flowers, and not realize that thereís a thick root lurking just below the soil preparing to spring up. And when bitterness springs up it causes trouble and defiles many. There are many communities, families, churches where you canít quite put your finger on whatís wrong. Itís like a rat died behind the fridge and everything smells a little off.
This verse says that the antidote to bitterness is the grace of God: see to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God. Donít fail to receive Godís grace. Donít fail to take it in. Godís grace kills bitterness because it puts everything in perspective. Bitterness grows in the green house of pride. But grace makes people humble. Grace comes to the lowly, the poor, the hungry, the sick, the broken. But thereís a way of being lowly and poor and broken that imagines that it deserves Godís grace. Havenít I been sad long enough? Donít I deserve something good? Thatís pride, and that means youíre not really broken at all. And God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.
This table is spread for the hungry. It is not spread for the people who think they deserve to get some food because itís been a while. This table is spread for those who know they donít deserve Godís grace. This table is a table of grace, a table where we eat a broken Savior and ask him to break our pride so that there will not be any bitterness inside.