Tag: Romans 14

Faith working through Love!

Scripture reading for July 1st:  Romans 14

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Romans 14:19-23  “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.  Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food.  All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.  It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.  So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.  Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves.  But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because it is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.”

In Paul’s time, eating meat sacrificed to idols was a big issue.  Some believed that this meat would pollute them spiritually.  Others were concerned that this would cause unbelievers to think that believers were serving idols too. Paul taught the law of love.  When we love others, we do what is best for them and try and keep peace.  Each person should serve God with a clear conscience, acting in faith in whatever they believe in these disputable matters.  This doesn’t mean that we ignore sin and fail to lovingly pray for and confront believers that are still caught in sinful lifestyles.  We must do all that we do to the glory of God and live by faith to please Him!

Observations for over-comers: “The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating or drinking, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit!” (Romans 14:17)“Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.  Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to You.”  (Psalm 51:12-13) 

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Are you ‘weak’ or ‘strong’?

Scripture reading for July 2nd:  Romans 14

“For by the grace given me, I say to every one of you:  Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”  (Romans 12:3)  Paul had exhorted the believers to dedicate their bodies to God and renew their minds with His word.  He had instructed them to think soberly about their own lives, calling, and gifts.  Some, however, were not as strong as others in their faith and walk of liberty with the Lord.

“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.  One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak eats only vegetables.  The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him.  Who are you to judge someone else’s servant?  To his own master he stands or falls.  And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.”  (Romans 14:1-4)   Some of the believers with ‘stronger’ faith were passing judgment on those who limited what they could eat to vegetables.  Those with ‘weaker’ faith were also passing judgment on those who ate everything.  Under Christ’s New Covenant of grace, each person would answer to God in matters like diet that were disputable.

As New Testament believers and children of God, we must seek to please the Father by walking in faith.  It is Christ who will enable each believer to stand before the Father through what He has done on our behalf.  We must not judge one another on matters that are disputable!

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