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Reflections on Romans 14:13-15 (Mon)

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Today’s passage:

14:13 Therefore we must not pass judgment on one another, but rather determine never to place an obstacle or a trap before a brother or sister. 14:14 I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean in itself; still, it is unclean to the one who considers it unclean. 14:15 For if your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy by your food someone for whom Christ died.

Walking in love seems to be the goal here. It’s much more important than how we side on the gray issues. Our particular set of convitions shouldn’t get in the way of loving others. Distress and destruction mustn’t occur between believers over such issues. Instead, unity seems to be paramount.

To obey this passage we will need to know the needs of others so we can be senstive to what might be useful for them. The focus here is on the needs of others and not my own.

1 Comment

  1. Martha Troxel

    July 29, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    When I read about obstacle or trap I think about running into things or getting into a situation that hurts and can’t be escaped easily or at all. I certainly do not want to be doing those to other Christians!

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