Peaceful Living

Posted: Friday, March 26, 2010 in New Testament, Romans
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Romans 14:19-21
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.

Paul wrote this letter to the Roman church and addressed key faith issues which if unaddressed could lead to rifts in the body. Today’s passage deals with the issue of our lifestyle and how we should avoid doing anything that causes our brother’s faith to be shaken. As I read the chapter, I wondered what would put this into context and the present season of fasting or lent came to mind.

Lent is the period preceding Easter that is devoted to fasting and abstinence in commemoration of Christ’s fasting in the wilderness. While many christians follow the practice, many do not and that includes my family and I. To us, Jesus conquered sin and death and that gives us freedom from both. We don’t mourn Jesus’ death on the cross because he came to die for us and rose from the dead. Without his suffering and death, we cannot be saved and therefore we celebrate. When I read this passage today, I am reminded that even though our belief is slightly different, we will not make a big deal of our belief because it should not cause our other christian friends who observe the occasion to be at loggerheads with us. We will celebrate Jesus’ life, death and resurrection in our own way and not be stumbling blocks to others.

In His Loving Service,

  1. Vineet,

    For past few days, God had been teaching me to accept people just the way they are..That way, we are able to gain them for Christ…They might be different..but they are the best candidates for God’s mercy and grace..just like you and me…We might celebrate Jesus’ life, death and resurrection differently..but we all are His children..

    If God’s love and mercy came in search of me…then He will find them too…and one day we’ll all celebrate Jesus together…Thats my hope and prayer…

    Vineet…Thank you for that thought..and am glad that we are part of His death and resurrection.

    God Bless,

  2. ServantBoy says:

    Thank you once again for your wise input. I love what you said, “If God’s love and mercy came in search of me…then He will find them too…and one day we’ll all celebrate Jesus together”. It is amazing the bond all of us as Children of God have through His blood and I cannot wait to meet with you and the rest of my family in heaven!

  3. blesseddad says:

    I completely agree with you, Christ was conceived by God to be a sacrifice for us and fulfill God’s plan. We are saved by Grace, not our actions. I may choose to fast and pray to concentrate in prayer, but that is a personal choice. I too cannot wait till we are all together in Heaven. God Bless

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Jim
      Thank you for your kind comment. Fasting is certainly something I enjoy doing when I need to need to focus on prayer and sometimes I do. Personal choices are the wonderful part of following Christ. To some, worship might mean singing, to some reading Psalms, to some quiet devotion, to some prayer, etc. and in everything, the Lord is glorified. What a celebration of praise we will have in heaven in the Lord’s presence!!!

  4. Vineet,

    I like what you said…that your family will celebrate his death and resurrection your own way…and that without being a stumbling block to anyone. God has to teach one wisdom in order to know where the boundaries lies between doing what you believe is right and also by doing/or not doing so…to save your brother. My husband is Catholic and I live in a pre-dominately Catholic country. God has enabled me to learn to respect other’s faith even though I may not necessarily agree with it.



    • ServantBoy says:

      The challenge of co-existing in our faith is resolved when we know that our ultimate goal is to glorify Jesus as our Lord and Savior. I used to have issues dealing with my Mom’s viewpoint on observing ordinances and in time, we both learnt to appreciate each other in our faith walk and there is now a blessed give and take. I am now able to appreciate her views and ways and she is being drawn closer to Jesus through our lifestyle. As long as we can share space together in Christ’s presence for eternity, I am all praise for how God brings us all together. We are called to be lighthouses for Him and that’s what we want to be, not light sabers 😉

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