Wednesday, 15 June 2016



“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

This is the seventh principle, the first six are 1. God is my source, God is my only source 2. God anticipated my needs and made provision before the need arose 3. The supply is always more abundant than the need 4. I am complete in my born again spirit 5. Faith gives access to what God has made available by grace in my spirit 6. Blessed to be a blessing. We would look at two more principles, but before we do I sincerely hope that what we have learnt so far have been of help, meditating on these will quicken your faith?. Like I stated previously, they are not formulas and in discussing them I have in no way been exhaustive. The key to understanding the new covenant is to appreciate that God has provided ALL by grace, what He expects from us is to respond positively by Faith based on knowledge (Romans 11:6, Romans 8:31). When Grace is taught, Faith blooms. When works is taught, fear and ultimately self condemnation is the result (Romans 8:1).

The seventh principle is 'HOLD NO GRUDGES OR DON'T HOLD GRUDGES' or simply put, FORGIVE. Interestingly this is a topic that is widely taught but hardly practiced on a consistent basis, probably because of the approach used when teaching or discussing it. I believe it is not something you can impose from outside, it has to come from the inside out. In this capsule I would like us to consider the extent of the problem, it's importance, the damage lack of forgiveness or grudge can do, and in the next capsule the cure. Curiously, the only time the disciples of Christ ever ask Him to increase their Faith was when He taught about forgiveness (Luke 17:1-5). These were people who have seen all sorts of miracles performed , the dead raised, blind eyes open, leprosy cleansed and many more, but when it came to forgiveness, they realised this was a different ball game, they asked for help with their Faith!

In Mark 11:24, Christ said 'whatsoever you ask in prayer, believe you received and you shall have it'. The next verse say while you are still praying, if you have something against anyone, forgive or release them from the grudge. Matthew 5:23-25, talks about the reverse scenario, if anyone has a grudge against you , seek them out and settle it. Luke 17:4, Matthew 18:22 say there is no limit to the number of times you can extend forgiveness to the same person in a single day. The key to understanding these three admonitions is Hebrew 12:15.

Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;”

This passage says if unforgiveness or grudge, takes root it becomes bitterness or a spiritual weed that defiles you and the consequence is that you are not able to manifest or express the grace of God in your life. Take note, the grace is still there, God has not withdrawn it, but bitterness that comes with unforgiveness hinders you (Romans 11:29). Let me put it another way, you will feel unworthy of that grace, or your own heart will condemn you (not God). Bitterness makes you feel like an hypocrite when it comes to spiritual matters, their is a certain lack of confidence or boldness, you shrink away and feel exposed. Despite the fact that God loves you unconditionally, you are not able to reciprocate (Hebrews 4:16). I hope you get my drift?

As we close this part one, note the way the question about forgiveness was framd by Peter in Matthew 18:21a, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Not just anybody, 'his BROTHER '. The word translated 'brother' from Greek means somebody of intimate relationship either by blood or fellowship ( remember Andrew, also a disciple of Christ was Peter's brother and he must have heard this question). Was this an hypothetical question? I guess we will never know, but the point I am driving at is that we should keep our relationship in a state of good repair, especially the close ones. Extending forgiveness to a stranger is never a big problem because the connection or association is loose and the contact is temporary . Not so for those that are close to us.



We would at the cure in the next capsule, then the eight principle. I intend to finish this series by looking at 2 parables/stories of Christ.

'Femi Idowu