May 5, 2010
Rom. 14:1 & 17-19 Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong…For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too. So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.
My first thought upon reading verse 1 was…”well, then what will we have to talk about?” Sad that for so many Christians, much of our intercourse with each other is fighting about stuff one or the other thinks is right or wrong…I guess we are both wrong! I find it a bit ironic Paul commands us not to argue about stuff that some deem right or wrong, then he fills the remainder of this chapter with discussion about eating certain foods, or not, drinking or not, and other controversial subjects. In the middle of the chapter he reveals the point behind the lesson: For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Lord, I’m tired of fighting with other believers about so much stuff that really doesn’t matter. How much of what we fight about really does? Really? Help me instead today, to focus on living a life of goodness, peace and joy. Help me see the goodness you have planted in others, help me not forget some has also been planted in me. Help me work hard to maintain peace in all my healthy relationships, and not worry or spend time fretting about the toxic ones. And help me find my joy in you so that I might spread your joy to others this day. May I be blessed with the honor of serving you by serving others today, and may my attitude be a reflection of yours as I do. I long for harmony in this church I serve, and others I know. It is so easy for all of us to become petty and selfish with YOUR church. We think it exists for us, but it doesn’t. We think it should meet our needs, fulfill our wants, conform to our preferences, and when it doesn’t; we tear each other down laying blame on one another, instead of building one another up. It is not my church, it is not really even our church…it is yours.