Restrictive Grace

Rom. 14: 19, 20  “Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. 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.”

Another gleaning on grace from Romans.  Grace frees us from the impossibility of keeping the Law, empowering us to live in liberty and not bondage.  Many extend “grace” to themselves for the primary purpose of indulging in fleshly carnality.

Grace is “self-restrictive” while being liberal with others.  Peace is an expression of grace.  Liberality over diet of food and days of worship is a manifestation of grace. Grace covers but doesn’t cover up transgressions; whether in ourselves or anyone else.  Grace graciously/lovingly confronts and ministers redemptively to all, including ourselves.

People are more important than my liberty.  Better to restrict myself and remove any hinderance that would cause them to trip up and fall down.