Monday 11 October, 2021

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.

Esau’s desire to immediately satisfy his current situation (hunger), makes a life changing decision.  He sells his birthright and inheritance as the oldest son, to Jacob his younger brother, for a meal.  He didn’t think.  I am sure he carried regrets.  He ultimately shipwrecked his future because of an impulsive and poor decision.  It sows deception and conflict in the family.  His decision affects his future and that of His generations to come. Wow!!

This passage makes me think, and wonder about my decisions that could be like Esau. 

Have I held onto unforgiveness and bitterness instead of walking in reconciliation and forgiveness?  Have I impulsively bought things to satisfy my earthly longings than live a life of sacrifice and generosity?  Have I spoken badly rather than held my tongue and been gracious?  Have I gossiped and divulged things that I shouldn’t?  Have I not spoken up for those who do not have a voice, when I have had an opportunity?  Have I not stood for Christ when suffering persecution or wrong opinions?  Have I chosen the easy road rather than God’s higher road?

I am very thankful for the forgiveness and mercy of Christ.  We need to be people of reconciliation.

It is so important that you and I tend the garden of our hearts continually making sure that “bitter roots” do not develop and we live in peace with everyone.

I think of the sayings: “It is better to be kind, than right.”  “You cannot understand someone, until you have walked a mile in their shoes.”

Read Proverbs 28 v 25 TPT – when it comes to decision making.

Lord Jesus, thank you that you love us so completely.  Help us Lord to make wise and better decisions.  Choices that Jesus would make – rather than engage in arguments or have the desire to be right; help us to bring your grace, peace, wisdom and presence into conversations and interactions in our lives.  Help us to always leave somewhere better than when we entered.  Amen.

Written by Ps. Sue Botta

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