Sunday 18 April, 2021

Romans 14:1-12

14 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3 The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand. 5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. 10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’” 12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

Judging. I dare say we are all guilty of doing this .. and here specifically in areas of faith v1. But I am thinking of where these areas of judgement come from; pride, legalism, neither of which comes from love. Paul tells us that individual conscience is where these matters lay as there is only one judge – God – and we’ll all stand before him one day.

Understanding that my actions and words will be before the Father, who has seen and heard them all, no hiding, leaves me very vulnerable. And so, Paul is calling us to rise above, to understand each other as no one is right or wrong in these matters of faith but all are accountable before God. So out of love, let’s build each other, encourage each other so that we all grow in Christ.

Lord I ask your forgiveness where I have judged another believer’s faith, only you can know this. Holy Spirit help me to be one who builds rather than one who criticises. Continue to build your heart into my life. Amen

Written by Suzie Hodgson

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