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Striving for, obtaining, and throwing in the trash

19 Jan

Hello again!

The title at first, may seem a little odd, but I think it will make at least a little more sense after you read this verse:

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; (Heb 12:14-15)

 

Lets look at a few key parts to the two verses:

“Strive for peace with everyone”

“holiness without which no one will see the Lord”

“that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled

This sounds a little ridiculous, don’t you think? I mean, how on earth can we have peace with everyone.

How indeed? How on earth can anyone live with one another? It’s impossible. That’s why Jesus intervened. We all hated each other, and God hated our hatred. Not a good situation, huh? Thankfully, we have Jesus, who died for you and me., before gloriously resurrecting. That’s also how it’s possible, for us talk with God, and, see God. Note: It doesn’t say when we’ll see him, in my opinion, we’ll see him in heaven.

This is an important topic that I’m about to write about here, so, if you weren’t already paying attention, I suggest you start doing so now:

“that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled

A quick summary would be “Your sin = other sin”. unfortunately, this somewhat like compounding interest (for those of you who aren’t familiar with this term, it means, frankly, make a dollar, use that dollar to make another, take your two dollars, and make 4, etc).

When you sin, some one will always see you do it, even if that “someone” is God. Frankly, this is what this means:

When you sin, there’s a huge (possible) snowball effect, you start drawing into your self, becoming less “open”. People see this, and start drawing away from you, you lose friends, and family relationships crumble. They start drawing away from you, (depending of course, on what sort of friends and family you have). The result can even be that your friends start drawing away from each other, and start sinning themselves. And now, instead of just you, you have your family, your friends, and your friend’s families in trouble, (once again, this really does depend on what sort of friends and family you have). Hence, your “bit” of sin, has caused a lot of problems. Of course, you can fix these problems, and, you can “stop sinning”, through Jesus. But, if you simply ” let it roam free”, you lose, quite frankly, a lot.

If you have managed to get in this situation, I highly suggest you go to http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com/.

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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Posted by on January 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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