Peace and Mutual Edification

Romans 14:19: “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”

With the election right around the corner in the USA, peace and mutual edification sound impossible.

We are still one nation under God, and regardless of our party preference, we can still “make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”

As a child, I remember that in my family we couldn’t discuss politics. Mom and Dad didn’t belong to the same political party. To talk about politics wouldn’t lead to peace and to mutual edification. What about in your home?

Religion can also spark conflict. Instead of asking if someone is a Christian, we ask if the person is Methodist, Baptist, Episcopalian, etc. I wonder what God thinks when we don’t emphasize essentials but rather focus on minor differences.

In heaven, we won’t have Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. We won’t have Methodists, Baptists, Episcopalians, etc. We will be Christ’s disciples who love the Lord.

It’s time to practice for when we are together in heaven for eternity.

Let’s practice peace and mutual edification at home and in our jobs. Let’s practice them in our churches with the staff and each other.

As we live by this verse, we can improve our neighborhoods and our communities.

Dear God, help me practice peace and mutual edification. Amen.

Application: What efforts will you make this week to bring peace and mutual edification to your home and neighborhood?

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