“Though we may not think alike, may we not all love alike?” (John Wesley)
What Paul recognized among the Romans believers has been true throughout history. Christians don’t agree on everything concerning the Christian life, and they do not need to. This week, I heard someone say about Christians, “we must keep the main stuff the main stuff.” Our unity is in the Lord Jesus Christ.
If we live we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord, so whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. (vs 8) To the Christians, Paul was saying: Stop judging each other and do not be a stumbling block. (vs 13) Make every effort to do what leads to peace. (vs 19) Or as John Wesley said: “In essentials unity; in non-essentials liberty; in all things charity.”
Sometimes it appears that it is easier for us Christians to disagree than to agree. What if we started with where we agree and ended with where we agree? Our unity is in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today’s readings: Proverbs 22-24; Romans 14