As I move along in Hebrews I continue to love the practical wisdom that the word of God brings to us giving tools that are useable in everyday life.
Today I stop and think about 12:14-15: “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many”.
What is my responsibility to have peace with all men? Sometimes that means holding my tongue. Sometimes that means speaking the truth in love. Other times that means apologizing. It can mean reconciling a broken relationship or accepting that if this cannot happen, forgiving and moving on anyway. Am I a trouble maker or a peace maker?
What does it mean to look holy? God is holy. I need to model His behavior. He is pure and good. If I say I belong to Him but I do not live a holy life, then no one will see Him. I am His ambassador to represent Him, if indeed I am a follower of Christ. I do not want my life to be a reason that someone might not see the Lord.
How might I miss the grace of God? If I am not at peace with relationships and am not living for Him, I might not experience that grace. That is one thing I for sure don’t want to miss. His grace is truly amazing!
A bitter root is a terrible thing. It causes much trouble and spreads like a cancer. One bitter attitude can be contagious. Holiness and bitterness cannot share a room or a heart. They are like oil and water, they cannot mix. Am I allowing Christ to clean out my heart from any grudges or bitterness? If I don’t, I will most certainly affect those around me.
Some practical advice that can actually be applied and lived out because of the power of the Holy Spirit that lives within.
New assignments for me today! My lifetime goal is to get more than a passing grade! By God’s grace and His power, may it be so!