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. Hebrews 12:15-16
Charismatic “inner healing” teaching majors on this “bitter root” doctrine. Typically, it’s said that the “seed of bitterness” is sown when some hurt happens to you, and instead of forgiving, you allow resentment to take hold in your heart.
Hebrews 11 continues and develops the argument of chapter 10. In chapter 10, we are told not to give up, but to press forward in faith. Hebrews 11 describes what that faith looks like, how persevering faith that doesn’t give up and receives the reward has expressed itself in the lives of great men and women of God.
Hebrews 10 contains a pretty terrifying warning that has scared a lot of people, myself included:
Recently I’ve been reading the book of Hebrews. It’s an immense and encouraging blessing.
Hebrews is written to people who are feeling discouraged in their newfound faith, and are tempted to leave Jesus and return to Judaism in order to avoid persecution. The writer of Hebrews encourages them to persevere, have faith, and not give up, because Jesus and this salvation they have received are so much better than the law and the old priestly system.
This isn’t the space for a detailed commentary on Hebrews. But one verse in particular really struck me: