” For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too. So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up. Don’t tear apart the work of God over what you eat. Remember all foods are acceptable, but it is wrong to eat something if it makes another person stumble. You may believe there’s nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right. But if you have doubts about whether you should eat something, you are sinning, you are sinning if you go ahead with it. For you are not following your convictions. If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.” Romans 14:17-23 NLT
Am I being a stumbling block or helping unity? How often do I judge what someone else is doing, but haven’t looked at my own heart? It’s not my job to convict, but the Holy Spirits. I am reminded that I need to pray for others, before I open my mouth. And ask the Holy Spirit for discernment. Why am I voicing my opinion? Is it to bring the person closer to the Lord. Or will it just push them away?
“They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” He took Peter, James and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me…Then he returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing but the body is weak.” Mark 14:32-38 NLT
I can relate to Peter. Sometimes I ‘fall asleep’ when Jesus has asked me to be alert and pray. I get overwhelmed and burdened. I am more susceptable to temptation. My mind drifts into old habits or ways of coping that are not giving God glory.
Lord, I pray that my life would be an offering to you. That I would hold nothing back from you. Help me to live with open hands towards you. Amen.