So then let us pursue what makes for peace

Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. Romans 14:13-19

I sometimes think that if Christians would expend the same energy we expend fighting with each other we would have had the entire world evangelized by now. I wonder how many people have visited a church and seen the infighting that goes on and never came back. When we are not behaving like Christ we are the biggest stumbling blocks to others seeking Him. They see us acting like the world and wonder why become Christian if they are just like everyone else?

Our behavior affects how others see Jesus. Here in the USA we no longer have to worry about eating food sacrificed to idols, but how is our behavior bowing to the idols of today? Are we doing things and going places to be with the “in crowd”? Do we do things that we shouldn’t because we feel we are strong enough in our faith to handle them? When we do these things do we stop and think how others will see us and how they will view Christ by our actions?

Each of us, me especially, need to examine our lives and take stock of what we do, where we go and what we enjoy. If they do not edify Christ then we need to rethink our actions. Now, sometimes we may need to go places we would rather not in order to let others know about Jesus. But we should always go to those places to honor Him not to gratify ourselves. Take a few minutes today and see what idols you may be serving and make a commitment to serve them no longer.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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