Hebrews 12:15 - Dont Exchange Your Faith And Gods Grace For Bitterness.
Hebrews 12:15 (NIV) See to it that no one
falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter
root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
Hebrews 12:15 (NLT) 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 12:15 (ERV) Be careful that no one
fails to get God's grace. Be careful that no one
loses their faith and becomes like a bitter weed
growing among you. Someone like that can ruin your
Hebrews 12:15 (CWR) Be careful not to lose
your hold on Gods grace by allowing bitterness
to come into your hearts, for this will not
only hurt you, but many others.
Choose Grace, Not Bitterness
If youre still holding on to
resentment, then someone is controlling you.
Have you ever said, You make me so
mad? Thats an admission that the other person
is controlling you. The only way to get this
person out of your mind and heart is to heal the
hurt with Gods grace.
Hebrews 12:15 says, See to it that no
one falls short of the grace of God and that no
bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile
Have you ever known a family where a
bitter parent poisoned the whole family? Bitterness
is contagious, and it can actually become
generational. Someone needs to break the chain - and if
bitterness has taken root in your family, that someone
can be you.
Are your parents bitter because their
parents were bitter because their parents were
bitter? Its time to break the chain. And
theres only one way to break it: with grace.
Friends, if you dont get Gods grace
in your life, life will make you bitter. Why?
Because there is sin in the world. We live on a
broken planet. This is not heaven. Evil people get
away with evil things all the time. Life is not
Is forgiveness fair? Absolutely not.
But forgiveness is not about fairness.
Its not about getting even. Its about grace.
You dont forgive a person because
its the fair thing to do. You forgive a person
because its the right thing to do, and you
dont want your own heart full of poison. You
dont want to hold on to the hurt and the hate.
Forgiveness is free, but it is not cheap.
It cost Jesus his life. It cost God his Son.
As Jesus was dying on the cross, with his
arms outstretched, he said, Father, forgive
them, for they do not know what they are doing
(Luke 23:34 NIV). Its like he was saying, I
love you, I love you, I love you. In effect,
he said, They dont deserve it. They
dont even know what theyre doing. But, Father,
forgive them anyway.
Follow Jesus example and offer
forgiveness today. Heal your bitterness with his grace.
[Daily Devotional by Rick Warren:
The Real Me
The other week during a long flight home,
I could not get comfortable in the airline
seat. My corset was digging me and no matter what
Ken did, my blood pressure continued to spike
and my forehead kept sweating (signs that I am
in pain). Normally, it would have been enough
to drive me to pray. But not this time. I was
fed up with my disability (a nice way of saying
I was fed up with God's control of the
situation). My thoughts were sour and I was not about to
pull my Bible out of my backpack. Instead, I
tried to get my mind off my pain by watching the
in-flight movie. Halfway through, I thought, This is
the stupidest film. Why am I watching it?!
That night after the pain subsided, my
first thought was, That wasn't like me. I'm
normally not like that. But the whisper of the Holy
Spirit replied, "That is you. You are like that."
Suffering always tests us, examining and sifting us
and asking, "Who are you really?" Normally, we
are not faced all the time with how self-focused
we are, or how sour or peevish our attitude can
be. We think we're doing pretty well. But
suffering strips off that veneer and shows us our true
Affliction does not teach you about
yourself from a textbook; it teaches you from
experience. It will always show you what you love -
either the God of all comfort, or the comfort that
can become your God. Think back on the last time
you got 'fed up' with your circumstances. What
did this reveal about yourself? Talk to God
about that today.
Lord Jesus, I may not like affliction in
my life, but I am keenly aware that it
constantly shows me who I really am. Thank you for
covering every sin with your precious blood! [Joni
Eareckson Tada Daily Devotional:
LINKS FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS PASSAGE
Hebrews 12:15 - Don't Exchange Your Faith
And Gods Grace For Bitterness.
Hebrews 12:14-16 - Warning Against Rejecting
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
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