I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. (V) 16 Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG). The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. THE CONTEXT. 14 1 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don't see things the way you do. 1 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. The Weak and the Strong 1Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. God, after all, invited them both to the table. 19-21 So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. 22-23 Cultivate your own relationship with God, but don’t impose it on others. Romans 14:5, Romans 14:6.—F. But Romans 14 is commonly misunderstood and misapplied. Romans 14 Cultivating Good Relationships 1 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don't see things the way you do. (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. (7-9) We live and die to the Lord. 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. 5 One person considers one day more sacred than another;(F) another considers every day alike. Romans 14:19(NASB) Verse Thoughts. Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. If the way you live isn’t consistent with what you believe, then it’s wrong. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Romans 14 Romans 14. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Paul sums up the message of his previous two verses in one simple sentence. I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Your critical and condescending ways aren’t going to improve your position there one bit. 6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. 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? If there are corrections to be made or manners to be learned, God can handle that without your help. 17-18 God’s kingdom isn’t a matter of what you put in your stomach, for goodness’ sake. (U) Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. 10-12 So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? (AA), 19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace(AB) and to mutual edification. It’s what God does with your life as he sets it right, puts it together, and completes it with joy. We, of course, by the way we treat it or talk about it, can contaminate it. Look at the text as it is interpreted for us by the section of the Epistle to the Romans in which it is found. 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, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 10-12 So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? Romans 14:1-6 Directions to treat a weak brother kindly, and not to despise or censure one another in matters of indifference. And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables” (verses 1 and 2). Romans 14:7 I. (S) But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. So live responsibly as a citizen. In the early church, Christians often disagreed with each other and created problems for one another. And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? 13-14 Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. (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. 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? Romans 13 The Message Bible << Romans 12 | Romans 13 | Romans 14 >> 13 1 Be a good citizen. Eventually, we’re all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God. There are good reasons either way. 20 For meat destroy not the work of God. 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? 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? The night is about over, dawn is about to break. So mind your own business. 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.”. 10-12 So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? 14 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. What does Romans chapter 14 mean? 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. 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. 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 13. 18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. It confronts a variety of issues. Among them was vegetarianism (a subject not dealt with in the Old Testament). The text arises out of a transitional erain religious history, when many converts to Christ were passing from one great divine system … Update. Romans Chapter 14– John Karmelich 1. There are good reasons either way. So, each person is free to follow the convictions of conscience. 2One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. Would you risk sending them to hell over an item in their diet? For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. (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). God, after all, invited them both to the table. 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. 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. 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 19-21 So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. 10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister[a]? Remember, they have their own history to deal with. (AC) 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. 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 14:13-14. 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. Glance through many Christian social media sites and you often discover a critical spirit surfacing and a judgmental attitude being fostered and yet Paul spends much of his time urging brothers and sisters in Christ, to live together in godly harmony. If the way you live isn’t consistent with what you believe, then it’s wrong. None of us are permitted to insist on our own way in these matters. What Romans 14 Does Not Say. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. 5 Or, say, one person thinks that some days should be set aside as holy and another thinks that each day is pretty much like any other. (AD) All food is clean,(AE) but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Those Weak in Faith. (P), 13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment(Q) on one another. In Romans 14:1—15:13, Paul addresses this issue. You’ve got your hands full just taking care of your own life before God. Don’t eat or say or do things that might interfere with the free exchange of love. Font Size. 4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? THE MESSAGE Romans 14. Romans 14:6: 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’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. I’m convinced—Jesus convinced me!—that everything as it is in itself is holy. These, remember, are persons for whom Christ died. You’ve got your hands full just taking care of your own life before God. 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. It’s worth asking ourselves whether t… 7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone,(H) and none of us dies for ourselves alone. Be up and awake to what God is doing! 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. a) The issue at hand is dealing with other Christians. I’m convinced—Jesus convinced me!—that everything as it is in itself is holy. The Message, Numbered Edition, Personal Size, with Topical Concordance, The Message Bible, Compact Soft leather-look, tan, The Message Bible, Dusty Rose Floral Large Print Leather-Look, Message Slimline Bible--soft leather-look, brown/pink. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. 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. NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. Don’t you dare let a piece of God-blessed food become an occasion of soul-poisoning! (L) For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. First, he deals with differences of opinion regarding rules about food and days (14:1-12). 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 -- … We, of course, by the way we treat it or talk about it, can contaminate it. On major issues, God's Word is clear. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand. 1 I, Paul, am a devoted slave of Jesus Christ on assignment, authorized as an apostle to proclaim God’s words and acts. 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. We see from this that the points of dispute that were causing division were matters of little importance. These, remember, are persons for whom Christ died. (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. 14 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. References: Romans 14:5.—T. ROMANS 14:1—15:13. It develops in us a steadfast faith with a Christlike attitude towards others. Things: another, whose faith is weak, ( H ) and of... 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