But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. Let not then your good be evil spoken of: For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
As Christians, we often have to make decision about things that the Bible does not specifically address. There are some gray areas of life and we need wisdom and direction to navigate through those gray areas. This passage will help us to do just that. We looked yesterday at the fact that we should do things that are “acceptable to God, and approved of men.” Today, we see two more things that we can look at to help us make decision about questionable things.
Verse 19 tells us that we should follow after “things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” “Edify” simply means to help or to build up. Those are two excellent questions we can ask ourselves when making decisions about anything.
1. Does the thing in question “make for peace?” Is what we are doing going to help bring peace or is it going to get people mad or annoyed? Christians should be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9).
2. Does the thing in question help to “edify another?” Is what we are doing going to help other Christians? Is it going to help bring someone to the Lord? Is it going to strengthen someone else’s faith? Our job is to help and encourage others; not weaken them, cause them to stumble, and shake their faith.
If we will use these criteria, along with “acceptable to God, and approved of men,” we will be well on our way to settling many of the questionable things that arise in our lives!