“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”
It is the will of God that everyone in the church is to “follow after” specific biblical goals. According to Romans 14:19, those biblical goals are “the things which make for peace”, and the “things wherewith one may edify another”.
Peace in the church means that the believers maintain a loving, tranquil, respectful relationship among themselves. They avoid all things that lead to quarrel, bitterness and division within the church. If differences of ideas or opinion occur, they should refrain from any conversation or action that will lead to a quarrel. Instead of striving, they must seek to be peaceable. Everyone must teach himself not to stir up small matters of differences that would damage the unity which the Lord demands of us, as we fulfil the grand purposes of serving together for the global advancement of the kingdom of God.
As we pursue peace in the church, we also should actively pursue the things that will edify others. “Edify” means “build up”. Our God-given duty in the church is to actively contribute to the building up of the fellow members of the church. We must not be passive members of the church who have no concerns whatsoever for the spiritual growth of others. The Lord expects all believers to be actively involved in encouraging, praying for, and helping others to grow in their faith, knowledge and service.