First, let us notice the context. Among them was vegetarianism (a subject not dealt with in the Old Testament). What’s important in all this is that if you keep a holy day, keep it for God’s sake; if you eat meat, eat it to the glory of God and thank God for prime rib; if you’re a vegetarian, eat vegetables to the glory of God and thank God for broccoli. Read it for yourself in Scripture: “As I live and breathe,” God says,    “every knee will bow before me;Every tongue will tell the honest truth    that I and only I am God.”. Would you risk sending them to hell over an item in their diet? 14 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. (AG), 22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. 14 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. (M) 11 It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’(N) says the Lord,‘every knee will bow before me;    every tongue will acknowledge God.’”[b](O), 12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. But since both are guests at Christ’s table, wouldn’t it be terribly rude if they fell to criticizing what the other ate or didn’t eat? Romans 14:13-14. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Paul sums up the message of his previous two verses in one simple sentence. You’re fortunate if your behavior and your belief are coherent. (AF) 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall. For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. 3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. Eventually, we’re all going to end up kneeling side … And don't jump all over them every time they do or say something you don't agree with - even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. All governments are under God. I’m convinced—Jesus convinced me!—that everything as it is in itself is holy. That’s why Jesus lived and died and then lived again: so that he could be our Master across the entire range of life and death, and free us from the petty tyrannies of each other. You’ve got your hands full just taking care of your own life before God. Or why do you treat them with contempt? 6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? Romans 14 begins by telling us that some in the Church wanted to be vegetarians: “Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. 2-4 For instance, a person who has been around for a while might well be convinced that he can eat anything on the table, while another, with a different background, might assume he should only be a vegetarian and eat accordingly. We, of course, by the way we treat it or talk about it, can contaminate it. When you sit down to a meal, your primary concern should not be to feed your own face but to share the life of Jesus. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. For if … 10-12 So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? 13-14 Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. All through the history of the church, the problem arises from the attitude that most of us share, I am sure, that God is clearly pleased with the way we live -- … I’m convinced—Jesus convinced me!—that everything as it is in itself is holy. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand. 2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Romans 13:11-14 The Message (MSG). So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Would you risk sending them to hell over an item in their diet? So be sensitive and courteous to the others who are eating. W. Robertson, Sermons, 2nd series, p. 160. A new power is in operation. (B) 3 The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt(C) the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge(D) the one who does, for God has accepted them. Here’s what you need to be concerned about: that you don’t get in the way of someone else, making life more difficult than it already is. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault. Romans 14:17(NASB) Verse Thoughts. Do that and you’ll kill two birds with one stone: pleasing the God above you and proving your worth to the people around you. 19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. 2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. Romans 14:6: What's important in all this is that if you keep a holy day, keep it for God's sake; if you eat meat, eat it to the glory of God and thank God for prime rib; if you're a vegetarian, eat vegetables to the glory of God and thank God for broccoli. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. On major issues, God's Word is clear. Romans 14:12, CSB: "So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God." If there is one thing to get out of this lesson, it is the idea that on “debate” issues (i.e., things that are not blatant sin issues), it is 6-9 What’s important in all this is that if you keep a holy day, keep it for God’s sake; if you eat meat, eat it to the glory of God and thank God for prime rib; if you’re a vegetarian, eat vegetables to the glory of God and thank God for broccoli. So be sensitive and courteous to the others who are eating. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault. If the way you live isn’t consistent with what you believe, then it’s wrong. Romans 14:6-9 Christ’s right to our best services, whether we live or die. Romans 14:15 15 If you confuse others by making a big issue over what they eat or don't eat, you're no longer a companion with them in love, are you? (W) 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking,(X) but of righteousness, peace(Y) and joy in the Holy Spirit,(Z) 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval. Romans 14:19(NASB) Verse Thoughts. My title for this chapter is, “It is not our job to fix them”. (R) 14 I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. (AC) 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. (V) 16 Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. And don't jump all over them every time they do or say something you don't agree with - even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. God, after all, invited them both to the table. 15-16 If you confuse others by making a big issue over what they eat or don’t eat, you’re no longer a companion with them in love, are you? 14 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. 1 I, Paul, am a devoted slave of Jesus Christ on assignment, authorized as an apostle to proclaim God’s words and acts. v., p. 23. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. None of us are permitted to insist on our own way in these matters. Romans 14:7 I. There are good reasons either way. Your critical and condescending ways aren’t going to improve your position there one bit. And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? Don’t eat or say or do things that might interfere with the free exchange of love. And don't jump all over them every time they do or say something you don't agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. a) The issue at hand is dealing with other Christians. So mind your own business. Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. 7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone,(H) and none of us dies for ourselves alone. It’s worth asking ourselves whether t… 5 Or, say, one person thinks that some days should be set aside as holy and another thinks that each day is pretty much like any other. But since both are guests at Christ’s table, wouldn’t it be terribly rude if they fell to criticizing what the other ate or didn’t eat? Romans. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Romans 13. I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. So, each person is free to follow the convictions of conscience. 14 1 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don't see things the way you do. All rights reserved worldwide. 10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister[a]? Treat them gently. Don’t you dare let a piece of God-blessed food become an occasion of soul-poisoning! 2-7 The sacred writings contain preliminary reports by the prophets on God’s Son. 19-21 So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. We see from this that the points of dispute that were causing division were matters of little importance. Ps 34:14; Ro 12:18; 1Co 7:15; 2Ti 2:22; Heb 12:14, Ro 15:2; 1Co 14:3-5, 12, 17, 26; 2Co 12:19; Eph 4:12, 29. These, remember, are persons for whom Christ died. The text arises out of a transitional erain religious history, when many converts to Christ were passing from one great divine system … Romans 14:8 The Message Bible << Romans 13 | Romans 14 | Romans 15 >> 8 It's God we are answerable to - all the way from life to death and everything in between - not each other. 11-14 But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The Message (MSG) Bible Book List. 2One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. He then asks Christians not to cause one another to stumble (14:13-23). 14 1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. 5 One person considers one day more sacred than another;(F) another considers every day alike. None of us are permitted to insist on our own way in these matters. (AA), 19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace(AB) and to mutual edification. 13-14 Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. (I) 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life(J) so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.(K). Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables” (verses 1 and 2). It brings us, step by step, into spiritual maturity and holy living. God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. 19-21 So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. So mind your own business. 20 For meat destroy not the work of God. Eventually, we’re all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God. But if you’re not sure, if you notice that you are acting in ways inconsistent with what you believe—some days trying to impose your opinions on others, other days just trying to please them—then you know that you’re out of line. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. In the early church, Christians often disagreed with each other and created problems for one another. Many decisions in the Christian life don't come with absolute, yes-or-no, one-size-fits-all answers. Romans 14:6-9-6-9 MSG. And don't jump all over them every time they do or say something you don't agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Do you have any business crossing people off the guest list or interfering with God’s welcome? Read it for yourself in Scripture: “As I live and breathe,” God says,    “every knee will bow before me;Every tongue will tell the honest truth    that I and only I am God.”. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. There are good reasons either way. Romans 14 Cultivating Good Relationships 1 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don't see things the way you do. If the way you live isn’t consistent with what you believe, then it’s wrong. Your critical and condescending ways aren’t going to improve your position there one bit. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. It’s God we are answerable to—all the way from life to death and everything in between—not each other. Romans 14:1-6 Directions to treat a weak brother kindly, and not to despise or censure one another in matters of indifference. None of … 23 But whoever has doubts(AI) is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.[c]. Do you have any business crossing people off the guest list or interfering with God’s welcome? Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 14 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. 2-4 For instance, a person who has been around for a while might well be convinced that he can eat anything on the table, while another, with a different background, might assume he should only be a vegetarian and eat accordingly. In Romans 14:1—15:13, Paul addresses this issue. If there are corrections to be made or manners to be learned, God can handle that without your help. 22-23 Cultivate your own relationship with God, but don’t impose it on others. Romans chapter 14 is a complex segment of scripture that frequently is both misunderstood and abused. (S) But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. Romans 14:10-12 The Message (MSG). (U) Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. Glance through many Christian social media sites and you often discover a critical spirit surfacing and a judgmental attitude being fostered and yet Paul spends much of his time urging brothers and sisters in Christ, to live together in godly harmony. You’re fortunate if your behavior and your belief are coherent. I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. Blessed is the one who does not condemn(AH) himself by what he approves. 1 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. 6-9 What’s important in all this is that if you keep a holy day, keep it for God’s sake; if you eat meat, eat it to the glory of God and thank God for prime rib; if you’re a vegetarian, eat vegetables to the glory of God and thank God for broccoli. 2 If you're irresponsible to the state, then you're irresponsible with … 5 Or, say, one person thinks that some days should be set aside as holy and another thinks that each day is pretty much like any other. The Message, Numbered Edition, Personal Size, with Topical Concordance, The Message Bible, Compact Soft leather-look, tan, The Message Bible, Dusty Rose Floral Large Print Leather-Look, Message Slimline Bible--soft leather-look, brown/pink. Romans 14:18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. Arnold, Sermons, vol. What does Romans chapter 14 mean? When you sit down to a meal, your primary concern should not be to feed your own face but to share the life of Jesus. (7-9) We live and die to the Lord. The usefulness of Romans 14 in promoting love and unity in the church becomes apparent when the two principles described above are understood and consistently applied. Be up and awake to what God is doing! Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Some manuscripts place 16:25-27 here; others after 15:33. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Would you risk sending them to hell over an item in their diet? You’re certainly not going to permit an argument over what is served or not served at supper to wreck God’s work among you, are you? It develops in us a steadfast faith with a Christlike attitude towards others. Those Weak in Faith. Don’t you dare let a piece of God-blessed food become an occasion of soul-poisoning! I write this letter to all the believers in Rome, God’s friends. I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. 18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. (P), 13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment(Q) on one another. What Romans 14 Does Not Say. 17-18 God’s kingdom isn’t a matter of what you put in your stomach, for goodness’ sake. It’s what God does with your life as he sets it right, puts it together, and completes it with joy. Don’t eat or say or do things that might interfere with the free exchange of love. 5 Or, say, one person thinks that some days should be set aside as holy and another thinks that each day is pretty much like any other. Romans 10:14-18; Romans 10:15 Read chapter in The Message Bible. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared … It’s God we are answerable to—all the way from life to death and everything in between—not each other. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Read the Scripture: Romans 14:1-12 As this passage indicates, this has been a major problem in the church for centuries. Your task is to single-mindedly serve Christ. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Romans / Romans 14 1 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don't see things the way you do. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. 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