Thursday, April 14th

Thursday, April 14th

Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled. Hebrews 12:14-15

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

Today’s verses are a simple reminder of the danger of bitterness. As disciples of Jesus Christ we have been sent into the world as he was sent into the world. We are agents of redemption empowered by Christ’s presence with us through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Like Christ when he was here, we will experience opposition as agents of redemption and we must be very careful of our response to it. If we allow a root of bitterness to take hold, it will spring up and cause trouble. Instead of being an agent of redemption, we will become an agent of defilement. To have the tendency to become bitter fully countered, at every turn we must be diligent to pursue peace with everyone, diligent to pursue the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord, and diligent to see to it that we do not come short of the grace of God.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, forgive me for being bitter. Please remove my bitterness and as your disciple, reconnect me with the vital pursuit of peace, sanctification, and grace. Today, I choose to live fully as a true participant and agent of redemption. Amen!

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