Bitterness What One Values (3 of 6) by Johnny Hunt

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Bitterness What One Values (3 of 6)
Series: Unspoken
Johnny Hunt
Hebrews 12:12-17

INTRODUCTION:

Bitterness builds its case
Bitterness blinds to possibilities
Bitterness blocks spiritual growth
Bitterness binds joy, peace, love

In Acts 14:2, it is referred to as poison. It translates a smoldering resentment. You can actually build a "life of bitterness" from storing up resentment.

The truth of the context of Hebrews is mentioned in its last verses:

Heb 13:20-22, "Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. And I appeal to you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation, for I have written to you in few words."

"make you complete" - perfect or equip. The idea of equipping by means of adjusting, shaping, mending, restoring, or preparing. The purpose here is not to teach truth only, but to encourage living up to the truth by the grace (power/ability to obey) given. God's loving, caring hand in discipline has been extended in Heb. 12:5-11, in order to bring cooperation that the intentional purpose of God be realized in our lives. In this text, encouragement for living out the truths we learned is declared. Knowing and believing are one side of the coin; living and obeying are the other. We are to explain the spiritual principles and then illustrate and encourage the application of them. We can become those that have an intellectual grasp of the doctrine of Scriptures, but know nothing of practical Christian living.

I. RESTORATION. 12-13

A. EXHORTATION. 12

The writer uses a metaphor of a runner in a race to describe the disciplined individual's condition like a weary runner. As this runner is experiencing trials in his personal life he/she must not allo ...


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