16 Sept. Romans 14:1-12

16 Sept. Don't judge others - leave that to God

"Accept into your group someone who is weak in faith, and do not argue about opinions. One person believes it is right to eat all kinds of foods. But another, who is weak, believes it is right only to eat vegetables."

"The one who knows that it is right to eat any kind of food must not reject the one who eats only vegetables. And the person who eats only vegetables must not think that the one who eats all foods is wrong, because God has accepted that person."

"You cannot judge another person's servant. The master decides if the servant is doing well or not. And the Lord's servant will do well because the Lord helps him do well."

"Some think that one day is more important than another, and others think that every day is the same. Let all be sure in their own mind. Those who think one day is more important than other days are doing that for the Lord."

"And others who eat all kinds of food are doing that for the Lord, and they give thanks to God. Others who refuse to eat some foods do that for the Lord, and they give thanks to God."

"We do not live or die for ourselves. If we live, we are living for the Lord, and if we die, we are dying for the Lord. So living or dying, we belong to the Lord. The reason Christ died and rose from the dead to live again was so he would be Lord over both the dead and the living."

"So why do you judge your brothers or sisters in Christ? And why do you think you are better than they are? We will all stand before God to be judged, because it is written in the Scriptures:
'"As surely as I live", says the Lord, "Everyone will bow before me and will promise to follow me".' [Isaiah 45:23]
So each of us will have to answer to God."

          (Romans 14:1-12)

 

 

Paul urges his Christian readers to be tolerant of believers with different opinions. He cites a quarrel between vegetarians and meat-eaters, and argues that we must agree to differ gracefully.

The same is true for those who believe in the observance of strict sabbath-keeping laws, and those who behave the same whatever the day of the week.

As we are all servants of God, Paul argues that it's up to God - our master - to decide what is right and wrong in all these cases: "You cannot judge another person's servant" (Romans 14:4)

Paul concludes, “So why do you judge your brothers or sisters in Christ? And why do you think you are better than they are” (Romans 14:10). We will all stand before God to be judged - so leave the judging of others up to him!

The photo (by the Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture) shows a vegetarian soy, whey & protein diet.

You can read more from Paul's Letter to the Romans @ https://www.thebiblejourney.org/…/1…/persecution-by-the-jews


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