In the next few days, I want to challenge you to think carefully about these two verses. The multiplying principle in verse two begins with “be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus”. We would all agree that “grace” comes from God. Do we have any responsibility in the process of receiving that grace? To answer that question, let’s look at a few other verses.
“Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.” (Hebrews 12:12–13). These imperatives are followed by a key phrase in verse 15. “See to it that no one fails to obtain (receive) the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.” Notice that lifting drooping hands and strengthening weak knees and make straight paths to walk in is dependent on “obtaining or receiving the grace of God”! Without receiving His grace, the most essential principle of multiplying the work of God through effective ministry will not happen.
If you are struggling with bitterness, anger, resentment, or any other attitude that is unbiblical, STOP, REPENT, TURN AND RECEIVE GOD’S GRACE THROUGH FORGIVENESS!