Saturday, 4 December 2010

Romans 14

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Alison C said...

v 12
So that, each of us will give an account of himself to God

v 19
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and mutual edification

Susan said...

Thanks Alison, I think v.13 fits in well with those two verses.

v.13 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.

And I love the way the Message puts it:

Forget about deciding what's right for each other. 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.

Life is often difficult so we need to be aware of not making it more difficult for someone else.

Susan said...

v.22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.

It is wise to be sensitive to the situations we find ourselves in and sometimes the best approach is to keep our opinions to ourselves.

Susan said...

v.1 (AMP) As for the man who is a weak believer, welcome him [into your fellowship], but not to criticize his opinions or pass judgment on his scruples or perplex him with discussions.

The NIV uses the phrase: "without quarreling over disputable matters"

Not everything in the Bible is completely clear there are "disputable matters". Yet even this is part of God's plan to teach us tolerance of others.

From the Message: “Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. 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. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently.”

Yep, we all have our own histories to deal with.

(From Constable Commentary) “This section of Romans deals with Christian conduct when God does not specify exactly what we should do in every situation. In such cases some Christians will do one thing and others another, both within God's will.”

Susan said...

v.6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.

Christians are aiming to live to please the Lord. However we need to recognize that this may look different from Christian to Christian and different from time to time and place to place. So Paul’s instruction is “do not judge your brother” (v.10).

Susan said...

v.15 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.

The goal is to act in love. (From Constable Commentary) “Rights are to be laid aside in the interest of love.”