“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking diligently lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.”
Are you critical? I find that people who stay away from the Cross of Jesus Christ are extremely critical people. It’s not that they want to be critical; they just don’t know what to do with all of their problems. It begins to ooze out of them, affecting their relationship with God and others. We read in the book of Hebrews that bitterness will begin to defile many, because there’s no way to get rid of it. Oh we can tell people our problems, but it doesn’t help. We can tell a pastor, but it doesn’t change anything. We need to get rid of the poison in our lives. Every one of us has problems. We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. There’s none righteous, no not one. But when we come to the cross, we see a revelation; we see what God wants us to see. Our eyes are opened, and we begin to realize our purpose, the reason why we were made, and why Jesus died on the cross in our place. This is the great exchange: our problems and concerns for God’s Holy Spirit and peace. After having this exchange, we will gain an entirely new perspective. The Cross becomes the only remedy for our critical hearts, the only answer for our anxieties, and the only solution to our problems. It is the sweetest place to be because we can exchange our filthy rags for His crown of righteousness. If we’re hanging out at the Cross of Jesus Christ, we will not be critical toward others. We will get rid of the poison deep down in our hearts by exchanging all of that poison for the person God, His Son, Jesus Christ.