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. – Hebrews 12:14
It is interesting how the writer connects peace and holiness in this passage. This was not by accident. When we live holy we will have peace. When we don’t have peace we are probably lacking somewhat in our holiness.
God gives us grace to have peace with others, but according to this passage, we can miss the grace (favor) God has provided. How do we miss God’s grace on this issue? We miss it by allowing a root of bitterness to grow inside of us.
A root of bitterness will always cause trouble and will not only prevent us from having the peace of God but it will disrupt the peace of others. According to this passage a root of bitterness grows up to cause trouble and defile many. Bitterness grows out of a seed of offense and when it is full grown it’s fruit is discord.
Most of us can look back to a time when someone had done us wrong, or at least we felt they had wronged us. Instead of letting it go we kept it inside us and let it fester. Every time we saw that person, or thought about them, we remembered the thing they had done. Before long that seed of offense grows a root called bitterness and prepares to produce fruit that will defile any who come in contact with us.
The only solution is to forgive any perceived offense before it takes root. If a brother or sister has committed an offense against you that is on them; if you allow that seed of offense to grow a root of bitterness then that is on you. It is easier to forgive an offense than it is to restore the damage caused by a root of bitterness. Be at peace with all men and you will find it easier to live a holy life.
Prayer: Lord, it is not an easy thing to be at peace with all men. I find there are times when I carry things against others in my heart that I should not carry. Grant me the grace to forgive easily and not allow any root of bitterness to grow up in me. In Jesus name.
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