Do not fall short of grace, and do not let bitterness infect your soul

Hebrews Bible Background

11.17.2016 – New Testament: Heb 12.14–17

To read the Bible in a year, read Hebrews 12 on November 17, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

We have to keep our eyes focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, because if we do not, something repulsive to Him will enter our lives and we will make it part of us, and once we meet the Lord, it is all over. Therefore, the Bible says,

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; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears (Hebrews 12.14–17). 

The point that the writer made at the end of that passage, is that even as Esau could not find a change of heart in his father Isaac, so when a person meets the Lord at the Judgment, He will not have a change of heart about that person’s eternal destiny, even if the lost person seeks a change with tears.

Now is the time to live in the Lord’s grace, and to root out bitterness, avoid fornication, and not become profane.


  • What are you doing to remain loyal to the Lord?
  • Do you hope that He will simply ignore sin?

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