Are you ‘weak’ or ‘strong’?

Scripture reading for July 2nd:  Romans 14

“For by the grace given me, I say to every one of you:  Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”  (Romans 12:3)  Paul had exhorted the believers to dedicate their bodies to God and renew their minds with His word.  He had instructed them to think soberly about their own lives, calling, and gifts.  Some, however, were not as strong as others in their faith and walk of liberty with the Lord.

“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.  One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak eats only vegetables.  The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him.  Who are you to judge someone else’s servant?  To his own master he stands or falls.  And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.”  (Romans 14:1-4)   Some of the believers with ‘stronger’ faith were passing judgment on those who limited what they could eat to vegetables.  Those with ‘weaker’ faith were also passing judgment on those who ate everything.  Under Christ’s New Covenant of grace, each person would answer to God in matters like diet that were disputable.

As New Testament believers and children of God, we must seek to please the Father by walking in faith.  It is Christ who will enable each believer to stand before the Father through what He has done on our behalf.  We must not judge one another on matters that are disputable!

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