So mind your own business. 2-7 The sacred writings contain preliminary reports by the prophets on God’s Son. For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God;(G) and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. There are good reasons either way. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? Your task is to single-mindedly serve Christ. 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. Look at the text as it is interpreted for us by the section of the Epistle to the Romans in which it is found. What Romans 14 Does Not Say. 19-21 So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. Your task is to single-mindedly serve Christ. Would you risk sending them to hell over an item in their diet? W. Robertson, Sermons, 2nd series, p. 160. 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 14:10-12 The Message (MSG). And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? Be up and awake to what God is doing! So be sensitive and courteous to the others who are eating. 10-12 So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? 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. You’re fortunate if your behavior and your belief are coherent. 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. It’s what God does with your life as he sets it right, puts it together, and completes it with joy. Romans 14 Romans 14. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables” (verses 1 and 2). (E) To their own master, servants stand or fall. So, each person is free to follow the convictions of conscience. All governments are under God. All rights reserved worldwide. Eventually, we’re all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God. 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) 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). I said it before and I’ll say it again: All food is good, but it can turn bad if you use it badly, if you use it to trip others up and send them sprawling. 14 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. 13-14 Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. 14 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? Romans 14:13-14. 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 13. (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. 10-12 So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? If the way you live isn’t consistent with what you believe, then it’s wrong. Insofar as there is peace and order, it's God's order. It brings us, step by step, into spiritual maturity and holy living. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared … (AA), 19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace(AB) and to mutual edification. Paul's full and thorough presentation of the gospel in Romans, places the Christian pilgrim on a firm foundation. Romans 14:7 I. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Romans 10:14-18; Romans 10:15 Read chapter in The Message Bible. Gain a concise, fundamental grasp of what the Bible is all about with our NEW "Know the Bible" series. I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson. (7-9) We live and die to the Lord. Romans 14 tackles an issue as relevant for the modern church as it was for Roman believers in Paul's era. 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? 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. Do you have any business crossing people off the guest list or interfering with God’s welcome? Romans 14:6-9-6-9 MSG. 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? 19-21 So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with 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. The Message. 1 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. Some manuscripts place 16:25-27 here; others after 15:33. Treat them gently. (AG), 22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. 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. So be sensitive and courteous to the others who are eating. It develops in us a steadfast faith with a Christlike attitude towards others. (R) 14 I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. 14 1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. 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. Your critical and condescending ways aren’t going to improve your position there one bit. 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. If there are corrections to be made or manners to be learned, God can handle that without your help. Romans 14:5, Romans 14:6.—F. 17-18 God’s kingdom isn’t a matter of what you put in your stomach, for goodness’ sake. 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. For if … God, after all, invited them both to the table. 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. 10-12 So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? None of us are permitted to insist on our own way in these matters. Do you have any business crossing people off the guest list or interfering with God’s welcome? 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. 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 Eventually, we’re all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God. In Romans 14:1—15:13, Paul addresses this issue. These, remember, are persons for whom Christ died. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Update. 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. 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 14:1—15:13. 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.”. 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. You’ve got your hands full just taking care of your own life before God. THE MESSAGE Romans 14. So, each person is free to follow the convictions of conscience. The Message (MSG) Bible Book List. Romans chapter 14 is a complex segment of scripture that frequently is both misunderstood and abused. A new power is in operation. 14 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. There are good reasons either way. You’ve got your hands full just taking care of your own life before God. a) The issue at hand is dealing with other Christians. 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. What does Romans chapter 14 mean? THE CONTEXT. First, let us notice the context. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. Those Weak in Faith. (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. 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. None of … 14 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. These, remember, are persons for whom Christ died. ... , Romans 14:7-9, Jonah 3:5-7, Jonah 3:9, Jonah 3:10, 1 Samuel 16:7, Psalm 30:11, Genesis 4:24. 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. 22-23 Cultivate your own relationship with God, but don’t impose it on others. There are good reasons either way. 13-14 Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. 19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. (AD) All food is clean,(AE) but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. None of us are permitted to insist on our own way in these matters. (U) Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. 17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. The Weak and the Strong 1Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 14 Accept the one whose faith is weak,(A) without quarreling over disputable matters. Romans / Romans 14 1 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don't see things the way you do. (AC) 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. The text arises out of a transitional erain religious history, when many converts to Christ were passing from one great divine system … Romans 14:19(NASB) Verse Thoughts. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. Romans. (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. Don’t eat or say or do things that might interfere with the free exchange of love. It’s worth asking ourselves whether t… Romans 14:18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. 22-23 Cultivate your own relationship with God, but don’t impose it on others. (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. Read the Scripture: Romans 14:1-12 As this passage indicates, this has been a major problem in the church for centuries. 2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. 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. Romans 14 Cultivating Good Relationships 1 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don't see things the way you do. Blessed is the one who does not condemn(AH) himself by what he approves. 2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. On major issues, God's Word is clear. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault. References: Romans 14:5.—T. 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. It confronts a variety of issues. Don’t you dare let a piece of God-blessed food become an occasion of soul-poisoning! Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. 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