Scripture Reading: Romans 14:17-19
“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 14:17-19)
When we experience our presence in the kingdom of God, we find righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. These things should become drivers in our lives. We cannot let personal convictions get in the way of the real issues of the kingdom. God wants all of His children to know and to experience His righteousness, His peace and His joy.
We must not concentrate on differences of opinions we may have. We may hold different positions on non-essentials of the faith. Our focus should not be on these things. We must remember that “whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men” (v. 18). God accepts those who hold different opinions from us and so should we.
The directions are clear — “So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding” (v. 19). In other words, don’t major on minors; rather actively pursue peace and seek to build up one another. Our natural tendency is to be critical and judgmental of others. Our duty is to pursue peace and to build up one another in the faith.
Lord God, my Savior and my King, thank You for the righteousness and peace and joy that are available to me in Your kingdom. Let me pursue these things and not get off base by concentrating on non-essential matters. Let me pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding today for Your glory and honor.
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