Finding God in the mysteries of every day
Week 39 Day 6
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Hebrews 12: 14 Pursue peace with all people, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; 16 that there be no sexually immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that even afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.
Sometimes the faith walk can be a lonely thing if we take our eyes off of Jesus. Pursuing peace, in this context, I wonder if perhaps the writer is referring to some internal dynamic in which we are to put aside (dare I say forgive) our revulsion for what other people do or what they represent in order that by our willingness to pray for and care for them we might be less conflicted within ourselves.
Over time I have found that the holiness which we are admonished to pursue is elusive when we are conflicted within ourselves. For me to make peace with God I must first make peace and to the extent possible be reconciled with what is going on around me. Perhaps that is what Jesus meant when He spoke to the disciples saying, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is narrow and the way is constricted that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13-14
Are you bitter in your Spirit? Many Christians of my acquaintance make no bones about expressing their indignation and bitterness at the state of affairs in the world today. With vitriol and invective they spew more hatred than love. How can this be? Lord we need revival, a new Pentecost. Let Your Spirit come in power.