Living For Jesus
Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace
and the things by which one may edify another.
In the days of the apostle Paul, people were divided over and about many different issues. Topics such as what foods were permissible to eat and what days were considered holy brought disagreement among the Christians in Rome. Despite being “fully convinced in their own mind” on whichever position they held, Paul reminds them of their common ground: living for Jesus (Rom 14:5-9). Instead of passing judgement on one another, Paul encouraged them to “do what leads to peace and to mutual edification” (v 19).
In an era when many countries, churches, and communities are divided over issues large and small, we can point one another to the unifying truth of Christ’s work on the cross to secure our life with Him eternally. Paul’s reminder that we ought not “destroy the work of God” (v 20) with our individual positions is as timely today as it was 2,000 years ago. Instead of passing judgement on one another, we can act in love and live in a way that honours our brothers and sisters. But more importantly, honours the Lord.
Lord Jesus, thank You for saving me. Forgive me for the times I get distracted by lesser issues and allow division to occur between myself and other believers. Help me to bring unity through focusing on You. Amen.