Re:Verse passage – Romans 14:17-19 (day four)
In order to grasp the full meaning of a passage, it must be examined in context. ‘In context’ means looking at the verses surrounding the passage to gain a wider picture and understanding. Looking at all of Romans 14 helps us to understand verses 17-19.
Romans 14 deals with principles of conscience. Conscience is an important work of the Holy Spirit. When our conscience tell us we should or should not do something, it is often the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to our spirit. We are convicted of right or wrong. In Romans 8:16, Scripture says, “The Spirit bears witness with our spirit…” [Henry Blackaby, in Experiencing God, taught that one of the things that only God can do is to convict of righteousness.]
Our Re:Verse passage this week teaches us how we are to live to please Christ. We are approved by God when we “pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.” Are you listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit in your life?