What Really Matters- Romans 14:16-17

whatmatters“So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. 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 14:16-17, ESV).

According to the Apostle Paul living in God’s Kingdom is not about doing good. It’s not about formulating a set of rules and regulations for good behavior. It’s not about finding happiness or success.

Those who are strong in the faith should not act or behave in ways that can be misunderstood by the weak in faith or those with no faith. Certainly, the faithful should refrain from questionable conduct for the sake of the weak or the faithless.

For if the strong in faith do not act out of love but for their own satisfaction, then the goodness of the gospel may wrongly be misconstrued as evil.

If another perceives the good you are doing as evil, then it does not accomplish God’s will; it does not fulfill God’s plans and purposes.

So, living your life according to God’s will is not really a matter of do’s and dont’s or when’s and how-to’s . It’s not a matter of achieving personal success or happiness in life. It’s not a matter of how much good you do.

What really matters in God’s Kingdom is that you experience the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in you and enabling God’s righteousness, peace, and joy to subsume your life.

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31, ESV).

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