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Walking In Love.

ROMANS 14:13-21


13) Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in <our> brother's way. {14} I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that <there is> nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him <it is> unclean. {15} Yet if your brother is grieved because of <your> food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died.

{16} Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; {17} for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. {18} For he who serves Christ in these things <is> acceptable to God and approved by men. {19} Therefore let us pursue the things <which make> for peace and the things by which one may edify another. {20} Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed <are> pure, but <it is> evil for the man who eats with offense. {21} <It is> good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor <do anything> by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak. NKJV


Intro:


1.          IS A CONVINCED WALK. v 13-14

2.          IS A CONSTRUCTIVE WALK.            v 15-18

3.          IS A CALM WALK.     v 19-21


 

1.        Walking in love is a . . CONVINCED WALK. v 13-17

(13) Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in <our> brother's way. {14} I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that <there is> nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him <it is> unclean.


A.         CONVINCED IN OUR . . RESOLVE. v 13

(13) Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in <our> brother's way.

                          1.          NOT TO JUDGE. v 13 a

                          2.          NOT TO CAUSE ONE TO STUMBLE. v 13 b


B.         CONVINCED IN OUR . . RECOGNITION. v 14

             I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that <there is> nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him <it is> unclean.


                          1.          Recognition of what is clean.

                          2.          Recognition of what is unclean.

 

Illustration       Convincing others                  Benjamin Franklin

When Benjamin Franklin wished to interest the people of Philadelphia in street lighting, he didn’t try to persuade them by just talking about it. He hung a beautiful lantern on a long bracket in front of his home. He kept the glass highly polished. Every evening at the approach of dusk, he carefully lit the wick. People saw the light from a distance and when they walked in its light, found that it helped them to avoid sharp stones on the pavement. Others placed light at their homes, and soon Philadelphia recognized the need for street lighting. As others learn of the peace and joy you have in your life in Christ, they will recognize their need for Him. Your witness through personal testimony may be just what someone is waiting for! Source unknown


Applications


Walking in love is a . . CONVINCED WALK.




2.        Walking in Love is a . . Constructive Walk. v 15-18


A.         Constructive Without . . Grief. v 15

{15} Yet if your brother is grieved because of <your> food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died.


                          1.          Grief concerning matters of food.                         v 15 a

                          2.          Grief concerning matters of Fondness.    v 15 b

                                                    a.          It all comes back to love.


B.         Constructive Without . . Guilt. v 16-17

             {16} Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; {17} for the kingdom of God is not

             eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

                          1.          Concerning our Love.                 v 16 a

                          2.          Concerning our Goodness.         v 16 b

                          3.          Concerning our Givens.              v 17

                                       a.          The Holy Spirit gives, righteousness, peace, and

                                                    joy.


C.         Constructive Without . . Goofs.            v 18

{18} For he who serves Christ in these things <is> acceptable to God and approved by men.

                          1.Before God.   v 18 a

                          2.Before Men.   v 18 b

 

Illustration:     Builder Or a Wrecker

As I watched them tear a building down

A gang of men in a busy town

With a ho-heave-ho, and a lusty yell

They swung a beam and the side wall fell


I asked the foreman, “Are these men skilled,

And the men you’d hire if you wanted to build?”

He gave a laugh and said, “No, indeed,

Just common labor is all I need.”


“I can easily wreck in a day or two,

What builders have taken years to do.”

And I thought to myself, as I went my way

Which of these roles have I tried to play'


Am I a builder who works with care,

Measuring life by rule and square'

Am I shaping my work to a well-made plan

Patiently doing the best I can'


Or am I a wrecker who walks to town

Content with the labor of tearing down'

“O Lord let my life and my labors be

That which will build for eternity!” Author unknown


Application:


Walking in Love is a . . Constructive Walk.




3.        Walking in Love is a . . Calm Walk. 14:19-21


A.         A Calmness that . . Creates Some Things. v 19

{19} Therefore let us pursue the things <which make> for

             peace and the things by which one may edify another.


B.         A Calmness that . . Cancels Some Things. v 20

             {20} Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed <are> pure, but

             <it is> evil for the man who eats with offense.


C.         A Calmness that Does Not . . Contradict. v 21 

{21} <It is> good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor <do anything> by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak.


Illustrations     Calmness- Peace

The bathtub was invented in 1850 and the phone in 1875. In 1850, you could have sat in the tub without having the phone ring for 25 years..


TOPIC: Peace INDEX: 2699 SUBTOPIC: False DATE: 4/1988.10

On the basis of the computation in the Moscow Gazette. There were 227 years of peace and 3,130 years of war, or 13 years of war to every year of peace.


Within the last three centuries, there have been 286 wars in Europe.


He added that from the year 1500 B.C. to A.D. 1860 more than 8000 treaties of peace, meant to remain in force forever, were concluded. The average time they remained in force was two years."


Application:


Walking in Love is a . . Calm Walk.