I woke up thinking about a situation in our church where relationships have been strained and bitterness has crept in. “Coincidentally” (which I don’t believe in by the way), my devotions this morning led me to Hebrews 12:14-15.
Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. (Hebrews 12:14, 15 NLT)
Bitterness in one person has a way of corrupting multiple people. In a community of faith, how do you keep bitterness out?
Work at living in peace…work at living a holy life…look after each other…watch out…
Being at peace with people is hard work. We are all human and make mistakes. That’s why it’s work. Extending grace to one another is essential.
Not only do we work at peace by extending grace, but each person makes a commitment to live a holy life. That simply means looking at your life and honestly assessing your weaknesses and moving towards health in those areas.
In a community committed to extending grace and to honestly assess our personal growth, we can then watch out for each other because of the relationship we have established based on grace and honesty.
Lastly, be careful that in your watching out for one another, you don’t forget to watch out for your own soul. Only you can stop the seed of bitterness at the door.