The greatest thing to chase in life and the ultimate gift to obtain, is the grace of God. And grace is not chased as in the works of man, it is a longing of the soul to find peace and rest in the presence of God. All of us have experienced the emptiness that overwhelms us when we gain a piece of the world but our soul still feels lost and empty. When this emptiness is not resolved by the presence and power of God our soul becomes a breeding ground for pain. And pain that is never met by the healing touch of God begins to fester with regret and a root of bitterness can begin to grow.
Bitterness is systemic. Its pervasive reach pollutes every part of our life and spills out to others around us. This is why the writer of Hebrews warns us with great clarity. "See 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 defiled;". Bitterness is born when our desires are unmet. Our hopes become dashed and we resist the comfort of God's grace. Bitterness becomes a spiritual virus that causes decay and paints even the sweetest gestures of God's goodness with contempt. Bitterness eats away at all that is good and will not rest until all seems dark.
But this can change in an instant. There is only one thing to do. In a moment of God given clarity, we must ask God to give us first and foremost the grace to die to self. To surrender personal agenda, selfish ambition, and all animosity. As we die to self we begin to see a door open. God is there, and he's bringing grace by the truckloads. The God of grace can arrest the spread of bitterness and begin to comfort the soul. The God of grace can heal what was slowly dying or even that which appeared dead. The God of grace will now turn on springs of life where springs of death once ran unchecked.
Do a "180 Now". Turn to the God of grace and watch him restore what that root of bitterness had tried to destroy. We have a life to be lived and a truckload of grace to consume.