From Pastor’s Desk: 7-30-17
Romans 14:17-19 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. 19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
Just imagine what an impassable force the church would be if everyone makes “…every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” The influence of hell would stand no chance of gaining control.
In fact, a church with this kind of unity, doing things that lead to peace and building each other up, will cause the devil and all his demons to tremble every time we go to prayer, simply because all that is suggested is done in Christ and in the power of the Holy Ghost.
Three words, righteousness, peace, and joy, sets the tenor of the verse:
Righteousness, because it is solely contingent upon God counting our faith as such through Jesus Christ, who IS our righteousness.
Peace, in that one of the names of God is Jehovah Shalom, our peace. Christ Jesus is the Prince of Peace.
Joy is that aspect of our lives wherein lies our strength. Nehemiah said, “The joy of the LORD is your strength” (8:10).
So, by seeking righteousness, achieving it, living in it, and being established in it, there is an element added to the church that cannot be overridden by the enemy.
Accepting nothing but the peace of God as a determining factor in all that we do will bring unity that cannot be divided. There is no path in which there is lack of or no peace that can be of God, for “God is not the author of confusion but of peace…” (1 Cor. 14:33).
Strength derived from joy that righteousness and peace affords is insurmountable.
Indeed, then, should the priority of the church be, “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”