It is all down to the decisions we make in the end. Anyone can hear the message of the gospel preached and find themselves agreeing with it. Many people have seen the value of the wisdom in the Bible. But it only really begins to make a real difference when those who agree with it, and believe in it, actively decide to live by it. I have said many times that no man can convert another man, all he can do is share what he knows of God and leave the rest in the hands of the Holy Spirit. But once a person has heard and believed, then they must make the decision to act themselves. We must all choose to serve God. That being the case, and knowing in our own hearts how hard it is to choose the Lord’s way over our own desires, you’d think we might be a little less prone to think of ourselves as better or worse than others. But seeing as we all know how easy it is to judge others poorly, or just behave badly in general, perhaps simply making a new decision again, to try not to lead others astray, might be a good starting point.
Romans 14:10-19 NLT
So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For the Scriptures say, “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God.’” Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall. I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong. And if another believer is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. Don’t let your eating ruin someone for whom Christ died. Then you will not be criticised for doing something you believe is good. 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.
Paul points out that life in the kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink. So many people I know, who struggle with faith, are terribly caught up in the complex comings and goings of the law and all the many religious customs. No two believers will ever agree on every last point of theology but we can all agree on who our God is and how and why we are able to develop a personal relationship with him. My constant aim with this project, is to encourage a greater sense of harmony in our church, by focusing on the simple and universal messages in the Bible. Today my goal is just to remember that I am a sinner. Not better or worse than anyone else. We all appear flawed in our own eyes, but flawed or not, in God’s eyes, we are loved as if we were his own children. Which is why, as believers, we should love each other as if we were brothers and sisters.
2 Chronicles 29:1-36, Romans 14:1-23, Psalms 24:1-10, Proverbs 20:12