Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 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; that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. 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.
Comment: I think it is very true that negatives are often very positive. I know that it may sound a bit silly but ‘let no root of bitterness spring up’, is, for example, extremely positive in personal well-being and interpersonal relationships. so the list here is…
- Strive for peace.
- Holiness before God.
- Living in the Grace God provides.
- Avoid bitterness.
- No sex outside God’s limits.
- Avoid stupid mistakes as exampled by Esau in selling his spiritual birthright.
- Repent while you can.
A seemingly short list. A choice takes only a moment – living them out takes a life-time.
Prayer: Please grant me discernment and self-discipline, O God.