Posted by: bshelley | June 16, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-romans-14_19

Today’s Verse: Romans 14:19 So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. NASB

Yep, here’s another one of those “one another” (allelon) commands. They do tend to just jump off the page at me when I am reading for verses to use. I actually don’t try to find them as much as they snare me as I attempt to cruise right by. But, enough of my personal devotional denial problems. There is a tendency in the church to, in reality, tend towards doing quite the opposite of what this verse commands. Oh, we would not typically see it out in the open, but rather in the corners and halls in whispered or muted conversations that often begin with, “Did you hear about…”. Too often we say things about people to others that we would never consider saying to them directly. Why is that? I think the apostle Paul is obviously onto something here. He is in the midst of delineating a number of Christian principles for the believers in Rome (and incidentally, for us). Things like, “Act out of love”, “Put spiritual priorities in order”, “Don’t put a stumbling block in a brother’s way” and so on. I have spotted about thirteen in chapters 14 and 15. The principle in verse 19 seems to me to be the tent pole in the center of this teaching. It is similar to the idea Jesus puts forward as pivotal that we are simply to “love God and love others.” Piece of cake right? Paul asserts that what we need to do is to focus our energy in the body on things that make peace and build up others. No doubt we would all nod affirming that as important, but as Jesus also asserts, He wants to see doers, not just “nodders”. This principle of “pursuing things that will make for peace and the building up of one another” is crucial if the world is to ever see our witness of love towards “one another” as a reflection of the love of Christ they can see practically demonstrated. Practice moves us ever closer to perfect if we place our steps in His foot prints.

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  1. great devotionals! i’ll be back! God bless you as you continue to meditate on His word!


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