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Pursue Peace!

Romans 14:14-23 “I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15 Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.

19 Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for the man who eats with offense. 21 It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak. 22 Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. 23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.”

Romans 14:14-16 – Walk in Love!

The Old Law was dead, and so were the food prohibitions – Acts 10:9-16; however, convictions ran deep in some. It is believed in many cases that Vs. 14 should be parenthetical.

(15) If Vs. 14 is in fact parenthetical, this verse is directly connected to Vs. 13. We once again must be aware of the convictions of our brethren not to be guilty of 1 Corinthians 8:9.

The connection shows clearly that the warning against doing anything whereby a brother is grieved means more than simply a warning against doing something to hurt his feelings; the next sentence states, “Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died”.

Christians may do many things that are in and of themselves lawful; however, the end result may be disastrous, as a side effect to those whose convictions are strong against it. 

Romans 14:17-18 – The Nature of the Kingdom!

The kingdom of God does not consist of or exist in any physical place, or thing; however, no child of God through Jesus Christ should conclude that freedom from this gives them the right to use such to offend others.

Righteousness, in many cases, is demonstrated by how we treat others.

The Body of Christ that is truly concerned with each other, and is actively teaching the true nature of the Body of Christ and righteous judgment; this is the Body that will know peace and joy in the Holy Spirit and will be acceptable to God!

Romans 14:19-21 – The Focus of our Efforts!

·         Do not push your personal opinions on others.

·         Do not push your personal rights on others.

·         Do not think of yourself as higher than you are!

·         Seek to oversee yourself in humility in every aspect of your own service!

·         Look to the good of others before you judge their liberties.

·         Seek to always teach the specifics of truth, which in turn truly builds.

Peace is so delightful and helpful, that no thoughtful Christian will needlessly cause confusion and strife (remember 16:17-18), but will give “Diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” Ephesians 4:3. 

1 Corinthians 10:23-24

Romans 14:22 – Your Faith!

The faith being spoken of here is not the faith that we must be sharing with the world, but that which lies in liberties (personal convictions – Vs. 1-2).

It makes more sense now, doesn’t it!

·         You want to wear a head covering, be convicted in your own heart.

·         If you think watching Harry Potter is evil, be convicted in your own heart!

·         Etc…


Romans 14:23 – The Doubter!

Believing a thing right does not make it right; but doing a wrong thing, believing it is right, shows an honesty of purpose!

Saul of Tarsus – as an example (persecuted Christians in good conscience).


The brother who ate in violation of his conscience in order to fit in, or to keep from being called a fool, sinned against himself.


If a man has a doubt about the righteousness of a thing, he should avoid it. This is what is meant by eating without faith. Kind refusal should have been the choice!


Once again, the faith being spoken of here is that which is born in liberties (and in this case, doing something against one’s convictions).


Here is the truth concerning this entire concept of liberty; if a Christian is divided between this world (including traditions born outside the Doctrine of Christ), and faith in Jesus Christ by the Doctrine of Christ – unrighteous judgment will always reign in the Body, by these who are weak!