We usually do not think of grace as a teacher, but that is what Paul tells us. “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:11–13).
There is a challenge that goes along with this truth. We must be willing to receive the grace of God in order to be taught by it. As Hebrews 12:15 points out, it is possible that we refuse the grace God is seeking to give us to meet the need of a particular situation.
“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” (Hebrews 12:15). Notice what happens when we refuse to receive God’s grace. The writer took this quote, ““root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble” from Deuteronomy 29:18-19; “Beware lest there be among you a man or woman or clan or tribe whose heart is turning away today from the Lord our God to go and serve the gods of those nations. Beware lest there be among you a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit, one who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.’”
If we turn away the grace of God, it is as if we turned away from God and is like a “poisonous and bitter fruit” because of “the stubbornness of my heart.”
I hope this will motivate us to be more careful and sensitive to what God is giving us, and why. This grace will not be like any worldly help we seek or any human means of resolving problems. It will cut across our natural desire and fleshly tendency. Trust His grace, learn from His grace, and implement His grace.
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