Treat them gently. None of us are permitted to insist on our own way in these matters. 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. Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG). The Message (MSG) Bible Book List. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. (U) Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Your critical and condescending ways aren’t going to improve your position there one bit. 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. 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. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand. Those Weak in Faith. 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. So live responsibly as a citizen. Would you risk sending them to hell over an item in their diet? The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared … Don’t you dare let a piece of God-blessed food become an occasion of soul-poisoning! The usefulness of Romans 14 in promoting love and unity in the church becomes apparent when the two principles described above are understood and consistently applied. Romans 14:19(NASB) Verse Thoughts. 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? In the early church, Christians often disagreed with each other and created problems for one another. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson. But Romans 14 is commonly misunderstood and misapplied. If the way you live isn’t consistent with what you believe, then it’s wrong. 17-18 God’s kingdom isn’t a matter of what you put in your stomach, for goodness’ sake. 1 I, Paul, am a devoted slave of Jesus Christ on assignment, authorized as an apostle to proclaim God’s words and acts. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. 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? If there are corrections to be made or manners to be learned, God can handle that without your help. For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. On major issues, God's Word is clear. Eventually, we’re all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God. 6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. 20 For meat destroy not the work of God. Romans 10:14-18; Romans 10:15 Read chapter in The Message Bible. 4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? Romans 14:5, Romans 14:6.—F. Look at the text as it is interpreted for us by the section of the Epistle to the Romans in which it is found. 13-14 Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. I’m convinced—Jesus convinced me!—that everything as it is in itself is holy. There are good reasons either way. So mind your own business. I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. It confronts a variety of issues. Romans 14:15 15 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? 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. 10-12 So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? God, after all, invited them both to the table. v., p. 23. ... , Romans 14:7-9, Jonah 3:5-7, Jonah 3:9, Jonah 3:10, 1 Samuel 16:7, Psalm 30:11, Genesis 4:24. 22-23 Cultivate your own relationship with God, but don’t impose it on others. It’s God we are answerable to—all the way from life to death and everything in between—not each other. I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. 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? 14 Accept the one whose faith is weak,(A) without quarreling over disputable matters. God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. If the way you live isn’t consistent with what you believe, then it’s wrong. 22-23 Cultivate your own relationship with God, but don’t impose it on others. 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. 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 14:1-6 Directions to treat a weak brother kindly, and not to despise or censure one another in matters of indifference. 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. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault. There are good reasons either way. W. Robertson, Sermons, 2nd series, p. 160. Don’t eat or say or do things that might interfere with the free exchange of love. Romans chapter 14 is a complex segment of scripture that frequently is both misunderstood and abused. Would you risk sending them to hell over an item in their diet? And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? These, remember, are persons for whom Christ died. Romans Chapter 14– John Karmelich 1. 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. 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.”. And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. Font Size. Romans 14:6-9 Christ’s right to our best services, whether we live or die. All rights reserved worldwide. (E) To their own master, servants stand or fall. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables” (verses 1 and 2). 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. 19-21 So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. Gain a concise, fundamental grasp of what the Bible is all about with our NEW "Know the Bible" series. 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. What does Romans chapter 14 mean? The Weak and the Strong 1Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. References: Romans 14:5.—T. 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. What Romans 14 Does Not Say. You’re fortunate if your behavior and your belief are coherent. You’ve got your hands full just taking care of your own life before God. I’m convinced—Jesus convinced me!—that everything as it is in itself is holy. 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. He then asks Christians not to cause one another to stumble (14:13-23). Paul's full and thorough presentation of the gospel in Romans, places the Christian pilgrim on a firm foundation. 14 1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. ROMANS 14:1—15:13. 1 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. Cultivating Good Relationships 1 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don't see things the way you do. Romans 14:18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. Romans 13. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. It brings us, step by step, into spiritual maturity and holy living. Among them was vegetarianism (a subject not dealt with in the Old Testament). These, remember, are persons for whom Christ died. If there are corrections to be made or manners to be learned, God can handle that without your help. 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. Romans 14:7 I. 14 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. (T) 15 If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. 2One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 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. 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. 2 If you're irresponsible to the state, then you're irresponsible with … 17-18 God’s kingdom isn’t a matter of what you put in your stomach, for goodness’ sake. 23 But whoever has doubts(AI) is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.[c]. 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. (P), 13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment(Q) on one another. (S) But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. 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? 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. 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. 2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. There are good reasons either way. God, after all, invited them both to the table. NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. 10-12 So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? Romans / Romans 14 1 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don't see things the way you do. 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? 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. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. 14 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. Romans 14:6-9-6-9 MSG. (V) 16 Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. Romans 13 The Message Bible << Romans 12 | Romans 13 | Romans 14 >> 13 1 Be a good citizen. (AC) 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. None of … (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. We, of course, by the way we treat it or talk about it, can contaminate it. 17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 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. Romans 13:11-14 The Message (MSG). 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. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. (AD) All food is clean,(AE) but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 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 new power is in operation. Romans 14 tackles an issue as relevant for the modern church as it was for Roman believers in Paul's era. 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. 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. So mind your own business. Your critical and condescending ways aren’t going to improve your position there one bit. 14 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. (R) 14 I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. Many decisions in the Christian life don't come with absolute, yes-or-no, one-size-fits-all answers. Insofar as there is peace and order, it's God's order. It develops in us a steadfast faith with a Christlike attitude towards others. a) The issue at hand is dealing with other Christians. Romans 14 begins by telling us that some in the Church wanted to be vegetarians: “Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. These, remember, are persons for whom Christ died. 2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 5 One person considers one day more sacred than another;(F) another considers every day alike. Romans 14:12, CSB: "So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God." Blessed is the one who does not condemn(AH) himself by what he approves. It’s God we are answerable to—all the way from life to death and everything in between—not each other. 2-7 The sacred writings contain preliminary reports by the prophets on God’s Son. Romans. 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. You’re fortunate if your behavior and your belief are coherent. Romans 14:10-12 The Message (MSG). 10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister[a]? 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. Romans 14:13-14. 7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone,(H) and none of us dies for ourselves alone. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 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. 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. (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. The Message. All governments are under God. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. Eventually, we’re all going to end up kneeling side … 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 -- … Do you have any business crossing people off the guest list or interfering with God’s welcome? Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 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. Romans 14 The Message (MSG) Cultivating Good Relationships. Don’t you dare let a piece of God-blessed food become an occasion of soul-poisoning! Romans 14 Cultivating Good Relationships 1 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don't see things the way you do. 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 You’ve got your hands full just taking care of your own life before God. Arnold, Sermons, vol. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Paul sums up the message of his previous two verses in one simple sentence. Your task is to single-mindedly serve Christ. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault. 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. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. Romans 14 Romans 14. I write this letter to all the believers in Rome, God’s friends. So be sensitive and courteous to the others who are eating. (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. Or why do you treat them with contempt? 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.”. It’s what God does with your life as he sets it right, puts it together, and completes it with joy. It’s worth asking ourselves whether t… 13-14 Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. 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. Your task is to single-mindedly serve Christ. Romans 15. THE CONTEXT. Treat them gently. (AA), 19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace(AB) and to mutual edification. Do you have any business crossing people off the guest list or interfering with God’s welcome? (AG), 22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Be up and awake to what God is doing! It’s what God does with your life as he sets it right, puts it together, and completes it with joy. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? This message instructs Christians on how to deal with the ups and downs of life. Eventually, we’re all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God. (7-9) We live and die to the Lord. Don’t eat or say or do things that might interfere with the free exchange of love. Be up and awake to what God is doing! The text arises out of a transitional erain religious history, when many converts to Christ were passing from one great divine system … Update. Some manuscripts place 16:25-27 here; others after 15:33. 19-21 So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. So, each person is free to follow the convictions of conscience. And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? We, of course, by the way we treat it or talk about it, can contaminate it. THE MESSAGE Romans 14. 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? First, he deals with differences of opinion regarding rules about food and days (14:1-12). 10-12 So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? Would you risk sending them to hell over an item in their diet? 19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. 14 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. 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. Read the Scripture: Romans 14:1-12 As this passage indicates, this has been a major problem in the church for centuries. (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. 18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. 13-14 Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. None of us are permitted to insist on our own way in these matters. 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. My title for this chapter is, “It is not our job to fix them”. 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. (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). Romans 14:17(NASB) Verse Thoughts. In Romans 14:1—15:13, Paul addresses this issue. 14 1 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don't see things the way you do. 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. So, each person is free to follow the convictions of conscience. So be sensitive and courteous to the others who are eating. Romans 14:10-12 We must all be answerable for our respective conduct at his judgment-seat. 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. First, let us notice the context. (L) For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. For if …