Wednesday 4 April, 2018

Hebrews 12:14-17

14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15 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. 16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. 17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.

In this passage we are exhorted to never give up our identity as God’s child. God’s blessing and inheritance is ours – it’s worth remaining Holy. Don’t give up on your inheritance. If we seek gratification of the flesh over the peace and blessing of eternal life, as did Esau, we risk removing ourselves from God’s blessing and also causing others to miss out on God’s blessing of eternal life.

Peace and holiness are connected. We cannot live in peace with others without holiness. There is no true peace without holiness. Sometimes we all seek gratification of the flesh through living unholy lives or trying to maintain ‘peace’ with others. It can be a slippery slope when we prefer instant gratification of the flesh to the eternal blessing of God – our heavenly inheritance. As we remain holy our lives will bring peace, not chaos to those around us.

Bitter fruit, that can separate us and others from God’s grace, cannot take root if we pursue a life of holiness. The seeds of a bitter orange will produce another orange tree with bitter fruit, until there is an orchard of bitter fruit. The seeds of the bitter orange need to be discarded and the seeds of the sweet orange are to be preserved and from these will grow trees of sweet fruit.

Am I bearing the fruit of the Spirit? Are my Christian brothers and sisters bearing fruits of the spirit? Encourage one another in living Holy lives so that no one misses the Grace of God.

Lord God, I pray that I will remain rooted in your holiness so that others will see you Lord. May my life bear the sweet fruit of the Holy Spirit so that no-one misses out on your unending Grace. Amen

Written by Meredith O’Neill

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