“For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, But righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” ~Romans 12:17
I marvel at the seemingly long list of side effects that may proceed after taking most medications. I wonder if it’s worth the risk of treating one ailment and suffering thru all the possible reactions.
I was listening to Christian radio the other day and the announcer said that if this radio station was a prescription drug the directions would read “take as often as you like, side effects may include eternal life, peace, joy, love and a life lived in the righteousness of Christ”. I thought to myself “give me some of that”.
A side effect is something that is secondary to the one intended. In medical terms it is usually adverse. But maybe a side effect of our actions could result in positive reactions. Paul is addressing an issue with food and drink in Romans 14, it seems that there was a dispute that some believed you could be defiled by what you ate or drank. Paul goes on to say in verse 19, “Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another”. So, the side effect of pursuing peace is edifying one another.
I think the bottom line is that we learn to live by a standard that glorifies God and is sensitive to the Holy Spirit of God, or “walking in the Spirit”. I have three that I try to line up with my conduct.
Consideration – Seeing the problem and rightfully diagnosing the issue and how I can be a help instead of a hindrance. Sometimes it may mean staying out of it or prayerfully speaking truth with love in a situation. This may mean putting my own interests aside and doing what’s best for others.
Conviction – The prescription for the ailment. Live with a purpose that is governed by a sensitivity to the word of God. This usually is comes before an action.
Clear conscience – Is usually the way you feel after taking action. If I have a peace about my decision and am confident that it was pleasing to God.
Does the “side effect” bring glory to God and have lingering eternal value. If so, take as much as you want whenever you want and look forward to the “Side Effects”.
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events.
Daily Quote: “Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.” ~Augustine
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. ~Romans 8:18