Please. I ask you. Before you read this post, read Romans 14.
(Ok.. You can read this below, but REALLY promise to read the WHOLE chapter, not just verse 1 and 2. It is amazing)
“Righteousness, peace, and joy, are words that mean a great deal. As to God, our great concern is to appear before him justified by Christ’s death, sanctified by the Spirit of his grace; for the righteous Lord loveth righteousness. As to our brethren, it is to live in peace, and love, and charity with them; following peace with all men. As to ourselves, it is joy in the Holy Ghost; that spiritual joy wrought by the blessed Spirit in the hearts of believers, which respects God as their reconciled Father, and heaven as their expected home. Regard to Christ in doing our duties, alone can make them acceptable. Those are most pleasing to God that are best pleased with him; and they abound most in peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. They are approved by wise and good men; and the opinion of others is not to be regarded.” Matthew Henry’s commentary
There are many many layers to Scripture. This is just one tiny layer that really caused me to stop and think today as I read this amazing chapter in Romans. I started reading it and thought of a couple of things:
~ Organic Foods
~ GMO Foods
~ Home births
~ Health Remedies
~ You name it.
These subjects, at least in the stage of life I am lovingly in, are hot topics. And it is easy to get all in a fluff with others over them.
I re-read Romans 14 aloud and it made me feel oh so much more at peace inwardly and outwardly.
I think that every one of the wonderful friends I can think of off the top of my head that have decided one way or the opposite on the above subjects are EACH doing it because they are striving to honor the Lord with EVERY part of their life. They are actively yearning towards a life that gives glory to the Lord, that makes us more sanctified, and that ultimately comes from who we believe God is. And what He desires of us. Right?
So I want to encourage you as it encouraged me. Let us act toward one another as Ruth acted towards Naomi.
As I enter your home and your community, I want YOU to know FROM ME PERSONALLY this: I love you as a sister in Christ. And I TRUTHFULLY respect and honor you for the manner in which you have decided to love your family, nurture your children, and glorify the Lord. If you are doing what you are doing because of the earnest desire to be the most beautiful servant to the LORD… I am at your side. I want to help you do that when I am with you. If you ask for godly, edifying discussion, or simply need help grocery shopping, or need someone to eat a hamburger and french fries with, I am here.
I am so thankful for this life that the Lord gave me. I recently told someone “Do you think God cares more about the FOOD we are eating, or the fellowship and upholding of the PEOPLE we are with?” Life is short. Life can be sweet. And fun. and delightful. And precious. People make it all those things.
We weren’t meant to live alone. I don’t want to be alone. Let’s joyfully live together and delight in this life we have been given.
http://www.christnotes.org/commentary.php?b=45&c=14&com=mhc (Matthew Henry)