Paul’s Teaching

Paul’s Teaching

Weak Brothers and Sisters- Romans 14

AS FOR THE ONE WHO IS WEAK IN FAITH, WELCOME THEM, BUT NOT TO QUARREL OVER OPINIONS.  ONE PERSON BELIEVES THEY MAY EAT ANYTHING, WHILE THE WEAK ONE EATS ONLY VEGETABLES.  LET NOT THE ONE WHO EATS DESPISE THE ONE WHO ABSTAINS, AND LET NOT THE ONE WHO ABSTAINS PASS JUDGMENT ON THE ONE WHO EATS, FOR GOD HAS WELCOMED THEM.  WHO ARE YOU TO PASS JUDGMENT ON THE SERVANT OF ANOTHER?  IT IS BEFORE THEIR OWN MASTER THAT THEY STAND OR FALL.  AND THEY WILL BE UPHELD, FOR THE LORD IS ABLE TO MAKE THEM STAND.  ONE PERSON ESTEEMS ONE DAY AS BETTER THAN ANOTHER, WHILE ANOTHER ESTEEMS ALL DAYS ALIKE.  EACH ONE SHOULD BE FULLY CONVINCED IN THEIR OWN MIND.  THE ONE WHO OBSERVES THE DAY, OBSERVES IT IN HONOR OF THE LORD, SINCE THEY GIVE THANKS TO GOD, WHILE THE ONE WHO ABSTAINS, ABSTAINS IN HONOR OF THE LORD AND GIVES THANKS TO GOD.  FOR NONE OF US LIVES TO THEMSELVES, AND NONE OF US DIES TO THEMSELVES.  FOR IF WE LIVE, WE LIVE TO THE LORD, AND IF WE DIE, WE DIE TO THE LORD.  SO THEN, WHETHER WE LIVE OF WE DIE, WE ARE THE LORD’S.  FOR TO THIS END CHRIST DIED AND LIVED AGAIN, THAT HE MIGHT BE LORD BOTH OF THE DEAD AND OF THE LIVING.  WHY DO YO PASS JUDGMENT ON YOUR BROTHER OR SISTER?  OR YOU, WHY DO YOU DESPISE YOUR BROTHER OR SISTER?  FOR WE WILL ALL STAND BEFORE THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF GOD; FOR IT IS WRITTEN, AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL CONFESS TO GOD.  SO THEN EACH OF US WILL GIVE AN ACCOUNT OF THEMSELVES TO GOD.  THEREFORE LET US NOT PASS JUDGMENT ON ONE ANOTHER ANY LONGER, BUT RATHER DECIDE NEVER TO PUT A STUMBLING BLOCK OR HINDRANCE IN THE WAY OF A BOTHER OR SISTER.  I KNOW AND AM PERSUADED IN THE LORD JESUS THAT NOTHING IS UNCLEAN IN ITSELF, BUT IT IS UNCLEAN FOR ANYONE WHO THINKS IT UNCLEAN.  FOR IF YOUR BROTHER OR SISTER IS GRIEVED BY WHAT YOU EAT, YOU ARE NO LONGER WALKING IN LOVE.  BY WHAT YOU EAT, DO NOT DESTROY THE ONE FOR WHOM CHRIST DIED.  SO DO NOT LET WHAT YOU REGARD AS GOOD SPOKEN OF AS EVIL.  FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NOT A MATTER OF EATING AND DRINKING BUT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PEACE AND JOY IN THE HOLY SPIRIT.  WHOEVER THUS SERVES CHRIST IS ACCEPTABLE TO GOD AND APPROVED BY HUMANS.  SO THEN LET US PURSUE WHAT MAKES FOR PEACE AND FOR MUTUAL UPBUILDING.  DO NOT, FOR THE SAKE OF FOOD, DESTROY THE WORK OF GOD.  EVERYTHING IS INDEED CLEAN, BUT IT IS WRONG FOR ANYONE TO MAKE ANOTHER STUMBLE BY WHAT THEY EAT.  IT IS GOOD NOT TO EAT MEAT OR DRINK WINE OR DO ANYTHING THAT CAUSES YOUR BROTHER OR SISTER TO STUMBLE.  THE FAITH THAT YOU HAVE, KEEP BETWEEN YOURSELF AND GOD.  BLESSED IS THE ONE WHO HAS NO REASON TO PASS JUDGMENT ON THEMSELVES FOR WHAT THEY APPROVE.  BUT WHOEVER HAS DOUBTS IS CONDEMNED IF THEY EAT, BECAUSE THE EATING IS NOT FROM FAITH.  FOR WHATEVER DOES NOT PROCEED FROM FAITH IS SIN. ROMANS 14