Scripture: Romans 14

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READ and STUDY the WORD

The Weak And The Strong

Romans 14:1-23 (WEB) Now accept one who is weak in faith, but not for disputes over opinions. One man has faith to eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Don’t let him who eats despise him who doesn’t eat. Don’t let him who doesn’t eat judge him who eats, for God has accepted him. Who are you who judge another’s servant? To his own lord he stands or falls. Yes, he will be made to stand, for God has power to make him stand. One man esteems one day as more important. Another esteems every day alike. Let each man be fully assured in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks. He who doesn’t eat, to the Lord he doesn’t eat, and gives God thanks. For none of us lives to himself, and none dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord. Or if we die, we die to the Lord. If therefore we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died, rose, and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. 10 But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written, “‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘to Me every knee will bow. Every tongue will confess to God.’” 12 So then each one of us will give account of himself to God. 13 Therefore let’s not judge one another any more, but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block in his brother’s way, or an occasion for falling. 14 I know, and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean of itself; except that to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15 Yet if because of food your brother is grieved, you walk no longer in love. Don’t destroy with your food him for whom Christ died. 16 Then don’t let your good be slandered, 17 for God’s Kingdom is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19 So then, let’s follow after things which make for peace, and things by which we may build one another up. 20 Don’t overthrow God’s work for food’s sake. All things indeed are clean, however it is evil for that man who creates a stumbling block by eating. 21 It is good to not eat meat, drink wine, nor do anything by which your brother stumbles, is offended, or is made weak. 22 Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who doesn’t judge himself in that which he approves. 23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because it isn’t of faith; and whatever is not of faith is sin.

Questions and Answers:

1. Who are we to accept and not judge (Romans 14:1)? Those whose faith is weak should still be accepted.

2. On whom are we to not look down (Romans 14:2-3)? We are not to look down on those who eat differently from us.

3.  Who are we not to judge (Romans 14:4)? We are not to judge another man’s servant.

4. How are we to view the days we consider sacred and the foods we eat or abstain from (Romans 14:5-6)? Each one of us should be fully convinced in his own mind what is right for us.

5. To whom do we live and to whom do we die (Romans 14:7-8a)? None of us lives to ourself alone and none of us dies to ourselves alone.  If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. 

6. To whom do we belong then and why (Romans 14:8b-9)? So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that He might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

7. Why shouldn’t we judge our brother (Romans 14:10)? Because we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.

8. What does the Lord say about the judgment (Romans 14:11)?  The Lord says, “As surely as I live, every knee will bow before Me; every tongue will confess to God.”

9. So what will each of us do (Romans 14:12)? So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

10. What are we to stop doing and also not do (Romans 14:13)? We are to stop passing judgment on one another.  And we’re not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way. 

11. What should we not do if a brother is distressed by something we eat (Romans 14:14-15)? We are to not distress our brother by what we eat, for then we are no longer acting in love toward them.

12. Of what is the kingdom of God not and of what is it (Romans 14:17)? The kingdom of God is not a matter of meat and drink.  The kingdom of God is a matter of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Spirit).

13. When we live filled with the Holy Ghost who are we serving, who accepts us and who approves of us (Romans 14: 18)? When we live filled with the Holy Ghost we are serving Christ, accepted by God and approved by men.

14. So what should we follow after (Romans 14:19)? Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

15. What is it better for us not to do so as to not offend our brother (Romans 14:21)? It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause our brother to fall.   

16. What is sin (Romans 14:23)? Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

HEAR the WORD

Romans 14:16 (WEB) 16 Then don’t let your good be slandered,

Romans 14:16 (AMP) Therefore do not let what is a good thing for you [because of your freedom to choose] be spoken of as evil [by someone else];

Romans 14:15b-16 (NLT) Don’t let your eating ruin someone for whom Christ died. 16 Then you will not be criticized for doing something you believe is good.

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Romans 14:20 (NIV) Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food.  All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.

Romans 14:20 (AMP) Do not, for the sake of food, tear down the work of God. All things indeed are [ceremonially] clean, but they are wrong for the person who eats and offends [another’s conscience in the process]. 

Romans 14:20 (NLT) Don’t tear apart the work of God over what you eat. Remember, all foods are acceptable, but it is wrong to eat something if it makes another person stumble.

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Romans 14:22 (NIV) So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves.

Romans 14:22 (AMP) The faith which you have [that gives you freedom of choice], have as your own conviction before God [just keep it between yourself and God, seeking His will]. Happy is he who has no reason to condemn himself for what he approves.

Romans 14:22 (NLT)You may believe there’s nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder these three verses above.  My thoughts: I’m still thinking about how these three verses apply to me and my life.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Romans 14:13 (NIV) Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another.  Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

When we begin living according to the above verse we will be obeying God’s Word.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

When we love one another and want to live at peace with others we need to make up our mind to not place an obstacle in the way of anyone’s faith.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will not do anything that offends or makes someone stumble in their walk with You (Romans 14:13).  Lord, I pray we will seek to live righteous, peacefully and joyfully lives (Romans 14:17).  Lord, I pray we will purpose to serve Christ, please You and be approved by our fellowman (Romans 14:18).  Lord, I pray we will make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification (Romans 14:19).  Lord, I pray we will not eat anything that would cause someone to stumble (Romans 14:21). Lord, I pray we will live according to our faith in You (Romans 14:23).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I live by faith.” <>< Dona