Posted by: the warrioress | November 19, 2011

With One Another In Christ Jesus

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In reading Chapter 14 of the Book of Romans, I decided this was so important that I should share it. There have been times along this journey where myself and another Christian have clashed over “what Christians should or should not do” or what sin is or isn’t on a variety of issues, so I thought this topic called out for further study.  What I’ve discovered by reading through several versions or translations of this chapter in Romans, is that what is sin for one believer, may not be sin for another. This really does make sense!  

Why?
 
We are each entirely different, unique people. And God knows this just like He knows our hearts. Perhaps there are different plans laid out, or different methods of teaching that God uses with some of us that He does not use with others of us. We all learn differently and thus what is acceptable for one, may not be acceptable and wise for another. God is our director and teacher. Your lesson plan will be different from mine and may not allow certain experiences while mine seems to run the gamut of the unexpected and the controversial, based upon God’s purposes for where we’re each going to be used by God and who we’re going to be relating to.
 
The passages in the Book of Romans below seem to stress this. They seem to be telling us to relax our hold, loosen our grip, and stop trying to dictate to our brother or sister the way of things, berating them for enjoying something that we may feel is sinful or inappropriate.
 
On the other hand, some things are sinful without a doubt, and thus if we reprove in love, I think this is a different thing altogether. The key is the love, and it is in the way that we present our thoughts or feelings on a topic. Even then, we cannot force another or control them; attempting to isn’t love, imo. We have to share our thoughts with love, with concern, and with the acceptance that we must make our own decisions and choices and bear the consequences of these. We must give our brother or sister the freedom to freely choose what is right for him or her.
 
Share freely, is what I glean from the below, but recognize that God deals with each one of us individually. We are His, and are thus subservient to Him, not to one another. Rather than hurt or argue with each other, we should not cause bad feelings between one another. It is better to keep our controversial differences or opinions to ourselves, than to become a stumbling block to our brother or sister in Christ.
 
Nothing is worth hurting the faith of another Christian or causing them to question something we may want to do, that they feel is sin or visa versa. Out of love, we have to be patient with them and give them time to grow and learn as we have, or put aside our own self-interest and desires so that we do not cause them to stumble.
 
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Bible Study 1

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Romans 14

Don’t Criticize Others

 1 Be willing to accept those who still have doubts about what believers can do. And don’t argue with them about their different ideas. 2 Some people believe they can eat any kind of food, [a] but those who have doubts eat only vegetables. 3 Those who know they can eat any kind of food must not feel that they are better than those who eat only vegetables. And those who eat only vegetables must not decide that those who eat all foods are wrong. God has accepted them. 4You cannot judge the servants of someone else. Their own master decides if they are doing right or wrong. And the Lord’s servants will be right, because the Lord is able to make them right.

 5 Some people might believe that one day is more important than another. And others might believe that every day is the same. Everyone should be sure about their beliefs in their own mind. 6Those who think one day is more important than other days are doing that for the Lord. And those who eat all kinds of food are doing that for the Lord. Yes, they give thanks to God for that food. And those who refuse to eat some foods do that for the Lord. They also give thanks to God.

 7 We don’t live or die just for ourselves. 8 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. 9That is why Christ died and rose from death to live again—so that he could be Lord over those who have died and those who are living.

 10 So why do you judge your brother or sister in Christ? Or why do you think that you are better than they are? We will all stand before God, and he will judge us all. 11Yes, the Scriptures say,

   “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
   ‘Everyone will bow before me;
   everyone will say that I am God.’” (A)

 12So each of us will have to explain to God about the things we do.

Don’t Cause Others to Sin

 13 So we should stop judging each other. Let’s decide not to do anything that will cause a problem for a brother or sister or hurt their faith. 14I know that there is no food that is wrong to eat. The Lord Jesus is the one who convinced me of that. But if someone believes that something is wrong, then it is wrong for that person.

 15 If you hurt the faith of your brother or sister because of something you eat, you are not really following the way of love. Don’t destroy anyone’s faith by eating something they think is wrong. Christ died for them. 16 Don’t allow what is good for you to become something they say is evil. 17 In God’s kingdom, what we eat and drink is not important. Here is what is important: a right way of life, peace, and joy—all from the Holy Spirit. 18Whoever serves Christ by living this way is pleasing God, and they will be accepted by others.

 19 So let’s try as hard as we can to do what will bring peace. Let’s do whatever will help each other grow stronger in faith. 20 Don’t let the eating of food destroy the work of God. All food is right to eat, but it is wrong for anyone to eat something that hurts the faith of another person. 21It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else that hurts the faith of your brother or sister.

 22 You should keep your beliefs about these things a secret between yourself and God. It is a blessing to be able to do what you think is right without feeling guilty. 23 But anyone who eats something without being sure it is right is doing wrong. That is because they did not believe it was right. And if you do anything that you believe is not right, it is sin.

Footnotes: 

  1. Romans 14:2 any kind of food The Jewish law said there were some foods that Jews could not eat. When they became followers of Christ, some of them did not understand that they could now eat all foods.
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Responses

  1. Thanks for posting this, warrioress. When I first started walking more closely with the Lord, this passage really stumped me. I think you have done a great job breaking it down/summarizing it. Another one of those “tricky” areas where only by relying on God’s gentle leading will we walk in His path. May we hear Jesus’ voice and follow Him wholeheartedly today, and may our lives build one another up. Thank you, sweet sister in Christ! I am blessed by your blog and your friendship 🙂

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