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[FONT=PT Serif][SIZE=19px]Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. – Romans 14:22[/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=PT Serif][SIZE=19px]Throughout the Scriptures we see many “blessed” statements given, here are some of them, Blessed are: One who trusts in the Lord (Jeremiah 17:7). The poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those who are persecuted because of righteousness, falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me (Matthew 5:11). Is anyone who does not stumble on account of me (Matthew 11:6). Those whose transgressions are forgiven (Romans 4:7). Those who persevere under trial (James 1:12). Those who suffer for what is right (1 Peter 3:14). Insulted because of the name of Christ (1 Peter 4:14) Is the one who stays awake spiritual in the end times (Revelation 16:15) Jesus called his disciples blessed because they saw and heard the truths of the kingdom of God (Matthew 13:16) Jesus called Simon blessed for being revealed truth by the Heavenly Father (Matthew 16:7). Jesus those who give are blessed (Acts 20:35). If we were to just consider and meditate on all these blessings that we are partakers of by God’s grace it should humble and give us the desire to seek the Lord. The word blessed can be roughly translated happy or better yet greatly content and happy. To be blessed is to have God’s peace and supernatural provision in our spirits and life. To live the blessed life is to live a life that is like Jesus Christ. God looks down with favour and pours out blessings on a life that is blessed.[/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=PT Serif][SIZE=19px]Yet we can easily overlook one of these “blessed” statements in the New Testament where if one does not condemn himself by truths that he holds to as important. We can say it another way, a person is blessed when they do not destroy their own soul and well-being by sinning against other in the body of Christ about something he holds to as a personal conviction. The phrase before sheds light on what the Lord is saying to us: “So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” When we publicly voice our frustration over believers who follow certain practices that are different then what we feel is right we can cause hurt to others in a sense condemn ourselves. When we sin against God’s body we sin against ourselves also as partakers and part of the body of Christ. Matthew Henry says, “Many wish for peace, and talk loudly for it, who do not follow the things that make for peace. Meekness, humility, self-denial, and love, make for peace. We cannot edify one another, while quarrelling and contending.” This quarrelling and contending will not lead one to a blessed state. Christianity in many levels is something between the individual and God on levels of conscience and certain areas of life. We all stand or fall before God as we bear account for our life and actions. So we could say blessed is the person who seeks peace with his brother and sister and holds to his conscience before God alone. We should not sin against our conscience but also not sin against our brethren to verbally argue and scold others on viewpoints and practices. All non-essentials are that, non-essentials. The substance is Christ. Though the early Church did keep practices and traditions across all believers. There was also great liberty on many areas of life towards all the brotherhood.

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