We don’t live our lives in some type of vacuum. Our story is a part of a great big story that is HIS-story. The history of humanity is the revelation of Jesus Christ, the Truth.
Remember the first day of creation? Light was released after the creation of the heavens and earth. Celestial lights were not created until day four, so the Light released on day one must have been the revelation of God Himself.
On that same day, God separated light from darkness. What happens first is always important. I see the first day as prophetic – revealing the purpose of history:
The revelation of God and the separation of light and darkness.
Our purpose as those who are created in the image of God is to reveal Jesus and to separate light from darkness.
Since we are part of such a great story and our part is not happening in a vacuum but is intricately tied to all the others, we want to embrace the grace of God for our lives to run the individual race set before each of us.
When hardship occurs, we are not to be angry at others who don’t experience what we go through nor do we hate our own journey. We endure hardship as discipline from the Lord – knowing He is being revealed in us.
Part of the revelation of grace is to live in peace with one another. This is an evidence of holiness.
When grace is absent among us, bitter roots begin to develop.
Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. HEBREWS 12:14-15
When we are offended and don’t handle it biblically, something takes root in our heart.
A bitter root is something that takes on life and begins to grow downward into your soul.
Soon, it “springs up” as the scripture states affecting our lives in a negative way – fighting against the Fruit of the Spirit within us.
Trouble has started for us.
Our lives begin to display fruit of the bitterness rather than of the Spirit.
A grudge develops that gnaws at you. Every time you see or think of that person you feel something ugly. When you hear about that person being blessed, you feel angry.
It is your responsibility to get rid of this. Now.
We are all part of a great story that is HIStory not ours.
I find that when we are offended, instead of exalting Jesus, our story becomes about telling everyone that other chapters in the story are lies – thus defiling the story.
Bitterness will not remain inside -it will come out and when it does, it defiles.
It is one thing for unbelievers to cast doubt upon us – it is another for us to cast doubt upon each other.
Holy Spirit, take the Cross of Christ to our bitterness, then raise us to walk in forgiveness, love, and peace.