The Holiday season is approaching. A time when families will gather to share a meal and give thanks. But the Holiday season is also a time when friction between loved ones may become worse. If there is a family member that you don’t get along with it is especially tough during the Holidays.
Getting along with our fellow man has been a challenge for man since the beginning of time. You recall that in Genesis 4, Cain killed his brother Abel because God was pleased with Abel’s sacrifice but not pleased with Cain. So, instead of getting right with God, Cain took his own brother’s life. And, mankind has been killing one another since that time.
One of the things that should be different about Christians is, we should get along with one another. Hebrews 12:14 says, “Work at living in peace with everyone… then, in verse fifteen, the writer adds… “Watch out that no root of bitterness grows up to trouble you.” A root of bitterness grows from bad relationships. So, in order to avoid a root of bitterness we need to work at living in peace.
Is there someone that you are bitter with? Someone that there is some friction between you and them? If so, you need to resolve it. Now, if you have tried to resolve it and the other person will not forgive, then shake the dust off your feet and move on.
Notice the writer says… “Work at living in peace with everyone…” To do that, we need to be kind to one another. We should live with one another following the standard of the Golden Rule.
There is an old poem that goes;
“Oh to live above with the saints that we love,
Oh that will be glory!
But to live below with the saints that we know,
Well, that’s another story.”
Today… work at living in peace with everyone.
Work at living in peace with everyone…..Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.