Wine Gladdens the Heart of Man
“You cause the grass to grow for the livestock
and plants for man to cultivate,
that he may bring forth food from the earth
and wine to gladden the heart of man” (Psalm 104:14-15)
What? God causes the plants to grow for man so that man………may produce wine…..which makes glad the heart? So drinking wine is not a sin and Jesus didn’t drink grape juice? Obviously not. (Matt. 11:19)
Bottom line: Christian, you have the liberty to enjoy your glass of wine or your Newcastle to the Glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). It is not a law (as in bible belt), but a matter of conscience (as in Romans 14).
That being said……
Drunkenness must be avoided (Ephesians 5:18, Proverbs 23:29-35). God made all things good, yet sinful man makes it an abuse or misuse (i.e. alcohol, sex, eating, marriage, etc.).
Be filled with the Spirit and enjoy fellowship in gladness of heart.