The following is the thirty-fourth weekâ€™s lesson.Â In these verses, Paul speaks especially to the strong Christian. In fact, one thing we notice as we work through these verses is that Paul does not say much to the weak Christian. The strong must always defer to the weak. The very nature of things says it cannot be the other way around.Â Join us again on June 29thÂ as we continue consider how to accept one another and do what leads to peace as we serve the Lord together in his kingdom. (Romans 15).
13Â Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brotherâ€™s way.Â 14Â I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15Â Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died. 16Â Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; 17Â for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18Â For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.
19Â Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. 20Â Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for the man who eats with offense. 21Â It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak. 22Â Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. 23Â But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin. Â (NKJV)
The following is the thirty-third weekâ€™s lesson.Â Weak and strong Christians should live together in love. Both are serving God in their own way. Join us next week as we continue our consideration of how to love your fellow man, especially those who are weak (Romans 14).
Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. 2Â For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. 3Â Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. 4Â Who are you to judge anotherâ€™s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.
5Â One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. 6Â He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. 7Â For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. 8Â For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lordâ€™s. 9Â For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. 10Â But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11Â For it is written:
â€œAs I live, says the Lord,
Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God.â€
12Â So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Â (NKJV)
The following is the thirty-second weekâ€™s lesson.Â The presence of Christ in the Christian brings the humbly edifying, subordinated, and loving ministry of Christ to the church and the world.Â Join us next week as we consider how to love your fellow man, especially those who are weak (Romans 14).
Flow of thought: 12:1-2â€”â€œHave this mind among youâ€¦appropriate worshipâ€; 12:3-8â€”diverse gifts among Christians; 12:9-13â€”exhortation to love, hope, and charity among Christians;Â 12:14-21â€”deeds of love and kindness rather than revenge; 13:1-7â€”orders in created world and human social orders; 13:8-14â€”daily worship expressed in love for all.
8Â Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9Â For the commandments, â€œYou shall not commit adultery,â€ â€œYou shall not murder,â€ â€œYou shall not steal,â€ â€œYou shall not bear false witness,â€ â€œYou shall not covet,â€ and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, â€œYou shall love your neighbor as yourself.â€ 10Â Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
11Â And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12Â The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13Â Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14Â But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. (NKJV)