Daily Bible Podcast Day 153 – Proverbs 22-24, Romans 14

April 2, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan

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Scripture:
“Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died.” ~Romans 14:13-15

Observation:
Paul is speaking in the context of being careful what we do around those who have little faith. He is speaking of eating and drinking and, while modern society doesn’t have food rules the way Israel did, drinking could be an issue for some. We are not to judge those who believe in extra rules even if they aren’t necessary. Paul also seems to say that we should abide by those rules so that those who think they need them won’t stumble. We, both the one with greater and the one with lesser faith, should not judge each other over such things.

Application:
This one is hard for me. I don’t like rules. Nonetheless, I’ll try to heed Paul’s instruction and be on the lookout for things that I am free to do, yet should avoid doing so that I don’t cause any difficulty for those who have less faith or feel less free. I also should not look down on those whose lesser faith manifests in this way.

Prayer:
Father, this chapter is difficult for me because I know that I am free to do whatever doesn’t cause me to sin. Help me be aware if there are those around me who might stumble because of one of these issues. I can’t promise that I will like it, but I will do my best not to judge them or cause them to stumble.

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