" Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify one another." Romans 14:19
Do you ever find yourself wanting to "change" another person? Do you see yourself nitpicking at others because of your own convictions? Maybe you desire that those you are concerned with " see the importance of being in the Light"... to know what is good and right...
... or maybe... you simply want them to turn away from evil.
You know, sometimes we tend to go "overboard"...by impugning our own rules on someone else, or simply pushing others to believe as we do, or nagging them to no end. And while we mean good, sometimes our attitudes bring about strife... and not peace.
We forget that God is at the helm of every life... He does the work of salvation.. and He brings about true repentance. We are to seek peace and pursue it.
It was while reading through the book of Romans recently, that I thought upon my need to follow after righteousness, peace and joy... and not bring about strife.
" For he that in these things serveth Christ
is acceptable to God and approved of men."
I was yet again reminded of my need to reflect a bit on my own life... to see how my attitude, or my words or my deeds can make another person stumble.
Do I act and do any thing that causes another... to stumble, to be offended or to be made weak? Do I let the good that God has done... be evil spoken of ?
I have to admit I don't ask these questions of myself as often as I should. Sometimes I think I am so right, that I am blinded by my own "righteousness".
O, Lord forgive my self righteousness! Help me to know Thee with simplicity and pureness of heart... that Christ might be exalted.
Make me to be holy in all manner of conversation... and may my deeds manifest YOUR working in me. May I not grieve or make another stumble because of my proud attitude... and bring shame to your name.
" But if thy brother be grieved... now walkest thou not charitably?"
And remind me not be a "clanging cymbal"... but rather, may your LOVE cover over all inadequacies.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity,
I am become as sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal."
1 Corinthians 13:1
May you be encouraged today to follow after righteousness, peace and joy ... in the Holy Ghost.(Romans 14:17)