May 19, 2016

Romans 14:17

"For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." ~ Romans 14:17

The Kingdom of God is not about silly "do this" or "don't do that" rules... It's about your righteousness in Christ and your peace and joy which comes from the Holy Spirit.

Peace and Joy are fruit of the Spirit and this is how they come forth:

"As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” ~ Matthew 13:23

Some people are just at different stages of their tranformation. And the Spirit gives according to what we need, where we are at, and who we are as unique individuals. If a person believes they shouldn't eat meat, then that's the faith they have, and there, in that faith, is their peace. No one should push them past where their faith and peace are at.

That is the "stumble". Not sin, but doubt.

"Am I doing what's right?" That's the doubt that brings people out of peace.

I, personally, would love nothing more than to grab a law-ladened believer, shake 'em, and tell them the truth about the Gospel of Grace, but if they're not ready, then their not ready. God's dealing with them in a perfect and unique way that best fits them. His love and patience is amazing. He doesn't need my help, and I won't dig a trench just to plant the seed.

Yes, we are free from all laws, but it can take time. In the meantime, let those who practice restrictions keep their peace and joy.

God didn't give them the restrictions, but He did give them the peace and joy.

Without peace and joy, we start to look like a tasty morsel to the devil... his potential prey are the ones who doubt their righteousness and their true identity in Jesus Christ.

God has a plan to take those law-ladened people all the way to harvest in such a way that they are never weak or in doubt, but rather strong and rooted in Him.

Do I refrain from sharing the true Gospel? Of course not! But if they're not ready, I never need to force it... They'll be back!