The Kingdom of God

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.

Romans 14:15-18

This whole passage is dealing with us and with our dealings with others.  We are told not to put a stumbling block in front of other Christians.  We are to not use our liberty to cause another Christian to stumble or fall.  It is about putting our opinions and desires on the back burner and putting the opinions and desires of others first.

Verse 17 tells us that “…the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”  Paul used here the illustration of meat.  There was nothing wrong with eating meat, and Paul knew and understood that.  But it offended the conscience of some new Christians.  So Paul decided that he would not eat meat so as not to offend them or cause them to stumble.

Paul understood that “the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”  So often, we get too focused on earthly things.  So often, we focus on things that really don’t even matter.  We squabble about insignificant things and ignore the bigger things like “righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”

Are we ignoring righteousness, peace and joy because we want to argue with another brother or sister about some thing that the Bible doesn’t even address?  Do we value our own opinions above righteousness, peace and joy?  Are we more focused on earthly things or on the Kingdom of God?

 

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