Romans 14:19 KJV
“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”
What exactly does this mean? If you look at this verse in context it sheds light on so much more and helps you to better understand what’s being said, so I’ll put that here. My focus, however, this morning is on this verse in particular.
“Let not then your good be evil spoken of: 17For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 18For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. 19Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. 20For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. 21It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. 22Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.”
Sadly, so many Christians are divided these days. We are meant to be united for God through Christ yet we aren’t. Christians, Messianic Jews, and other like faiths are more focused on their differences than what we all stand for. In this section of Romans, the author is telling us not to focus on the differences of the Gentiles and Jews when it came to clean and unclean meats. (Look at verse 17.) We are to follow after peace and things that edify one another.
According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, the meaning of “edify” is this:
So, we are to follow peace, unity, and to do things that build each other up. God is asking us to live in harmony with one another and uplift each other for Him. Our focus should be working together to share the good news and the love of God. We are to make disciples of the nations according to Matthew 28:19.
There is a famous quote from President Abraham Lincoln that “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Well, if we are divided and arguing with one another, how can we stand strong and do what God means for us to do? (Click the quote to be taken to abrahamlincolnonline.org where you can see more.)