God's grace that abounds
Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal. You know that afterward, when he wanted his father’s blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears. Hebrews 12:15-17 NLT
A believer who wants to finish well has to rely in the abundance of God’s grace. It is only by His grace that we can live the life God gave us. We need to be humble before God and accept that without His grace blessing us, we will not grow into spiritual maturity. “‘And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures says, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble’” (James 4:6). The writer of Hebrews provides encouragement that we should approach God’s throne of grace with confidence. “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Hebrews 4:16). God in His rich mercy, provides us inexhaustible grace even when we find it difficult at times to be obedient to His will. “And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin…God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins” (Romans 5:16). It is important to understand that our failure to receive God’s grace is not because God is withholding it but it is us not humbling ourselves before Him. The body of believers should be together helping each other and not miss receiving His grace. This is why we are admonished not to allow bitterness that can cause a rift in the relationship among the members of the body of Christ. We must be alert and decisive that when we see root of bitterness starting to emerge, we should confront and remove it immediately. We should not allow to have it linger or else it will cause the body of Christ “corrupting many.” God’s message is clear. There are certain things that we do that can hinder God’s grace to abound in our individual lives as well as in the church, the Body of Christ. There is joy that we experience when we finish well running the race God had set before us. So, let us run well through the grace of God that abounds.