Do Not Miss Out On The Grace Of God.

The passages set down for today are Proverbs 10:12-32 and Hebrews 12:14-17. I am going to focus on the Hebrews passage. Please pray before we start that God might bless our reading today.

I would like to look at one verse in that passage – verse 15 “See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God…”, or another rendering of the Greek in that verse is, “See to it that no one misses the grace of God.”

When we look at the wider passage we see that these verses are in the context of God’s discipline and suffering. These hardships are intended for our benefit to bless us, but in fact, they can ruin us.

We can receive the grace of God or miss out on the grace of God depending on our response to our suffering. If we look at suffering only as an evil, and become bitter, the discipline God intended for our good will become a burden and an unwelcome intrusion into our life.

Paul the Apostle tells us that he received a “thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me” (2 Corinthians 12:7). Paul records that it was given to him “to keep me from being conceited”. Paul could have become bitter, or (as he did) see it for what it was. God revealed to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”(2 Corinthians 12:9)

God’s grace comes to us in our sufferings. It is so easy to become bitter and miss the blessing God wants to unleash in our lives.

 

Have a great day,

 

Peter Clark.

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One thought on “Do Not Miss Out On The Grace Of God.

  1. Thank you Peter. v14 & 15 stood out for me in the Hebrews reading.”Work at living in peace with everyone and work at 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”.

    God is interested in our relationships with other people. It takes work to have healthy relationships. Work and humility. Sometimes our home is where we need the most help in relationships. God will give the grace thats needed if we are willing to be the one to bring reconciliation – to be the peacemaker – in our relationships. To be the first one willing to reach out to the other person. After our home He then wants us to look into our Church family relationships. Do I (we) have a problem that needs to be addressed with a brother or sister at Church??

    J.C Ryle says,”The key to holiness is rooted in our relationship with Christ and the filling of the Holy Spirit”. Being holy has such n old fashioned ring to it nevertheless its an important part of the believers life. Being holy – set apart for Gods use – is something that should make the believer stand out from the crowd.

    V15 shows us the importance of looking out for one another. This is best done in the setting of belonging to a small group. In a large church the small group setting is vital. The cells of the small groups make up the Body of Christ. Ideally in the small group setting we are caring for one another not just spiritually but also with needs that may arise up from time to time. This is where true fellowship is lived out. Where we can speak the truth to one another in love. And encourage each other to keep our eyes upon Jesus not on one another. Where there is transparency and an openness to share our struggles as well as our victories.

    Have you met a bitter Christian???
    Like a small root that grow into a great tree, bitterness springs up in our hearts and overshadows even our deepest Christian relationships. A “poisness root of bitterness”, comes when we allow disappointment to grow into resentment when we nurse grudges over past hurts. Bitterness brings with it jealously, dissension and immorality. When the Holy Spirit fills us, however, He can heal the hurt that causes bitterness. – NIV Study Bible. Do you need healing?? come to Jesus, Who is a friend to sinners!!!

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