PURSUE PEACE WITH ALL MEN

“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled” (Heb 12:14, 15)

As a pastor I meet people who always murmur and complain. In medicine, a murmur in the heart means serious trouble. That heart is sick and dying. Spiritually it is the same. People who have a murmuring heart are never satisfied and never happy. They like to argue for little things. There is a shadow on their faces that shows internal pain. They are extremely difficult to help. They have grieved the Holy Spirit but they still insist on their rights. To murmur it means to be angry silently, to complain in a low tone that God is not fair to you. In Hebrew, the word ‘murmur’ is very interesting. It means to stop from a journey and lodge in a house. But the whole night you cannot sleep, you stubbornly complain about everything in that room.  After a long journey you have come to this house along the road. You enter and the host offers you bed and some food. It may not be the best in the world, but this is the best that he has .The whole night you prepared to argue with the host to reduce the price of that lodging. But in the morning, he tells you that there is no payment. You are surprised at his kindness but you don’t want to show it. Courtesy demands that at least you say ‘thank you’. But in your heart you reject the kindness of the host and you insult him when you leave. Many years have passed. You still remember the gracious kindness of the stranger. But on top of that, you remember the mosquitoes in the room; the AC that was not working well and the toilet that had no seat. You forgot that you were very tired when you came to his gate. You forgot that he gave you the best he had without charging you money. Forgetting the good and remembering the bad produces bitterness.

Remembering only the problems that accompanied a blessing in the past it is sin. The grace, the kindness, the unmerited favor of that stranger has failed to make you a grateful man. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ has failed in your heart. That grace that saves the souls of men died in your soul.  It could not save itself in you. Bitterness killed grace! What a tragedy! The effect will be a troubled conscience and no peace at all. The spiritual pollution will open the door to demons who will harass and trouble you. This is a most serious matter. Repent! Come to the Cross of Christ! Plead the Blood of Jesus! Deliver yourself from bitterness! Separate yourself from bitter, ungrateful and proud men! Say ‘thank you’ often, for all things and to all people!  Train yourself to be godly! Be holy as God is holy! I pray for you In Jesus name, amen!

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