Romans 14:18--19 (NASB) 'For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.'
Of course, these two verses make no sense without our reading verse 17 from yesterday, 'for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.'
Keep It Simple Saint (K.I.S.S) What should characterize our conduct?----pursue things which make for peace and building Believers up.
Since 1965, I have heard so much about what is wrong with the church. I have complained and criticized churches, Christians and pastors myself. That is not only not nice, it goes against the teaching of pursuing peace and building up others. Most critics will say that they have a duty to teach the truth and show where the church is wrong. Somehow in our minds we get the idea that we have the answers. This old man does not have any answers for the local church.
My job is to be a member and try to be a godly influence on it and others, while humbly accepting teaching and guidance in the areas of my life needing improvement.
I am so weak in this area of teaching. I really do complain too much about my church, and that is a sin.Do you find yourself complaining about the Church too much?