14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; 16 that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.
Where does bitterness spring up in your life? Is the writer of Hebrews saying that bitterness causes us to “fail to obtain the grace of God?” Not because God doesn’t grace us, but because we’ve erected a barrier and do not receive? Can we ever be the barrier to God’s blessing? Could it be that the more barriers we erect the more we barricade ourselves in and keep God out? This is so true in the Christian’s life and especially in my life. Barriers I’ve erected keep me from experiencing disappointment once again. It keeps me from risking love. What barriers have you erected?