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Monday, October 31, 2011

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God     (Romans 15:7) 

In our study today let’s find out what Paul says about man in Romans 14:1-15:13.  He specifically addresses believers.  As he does so he points out that we as believers are all at different levels of growth and maturity (14:1), and have individual convictions (14:5).  This can cause strife and hurt if we don't take care to love one another (14:15). 
 
What is involved in caring for one another?  First, we should accept one another unconditionally as God the Father (14:3) and God the Son do (15:7).  There is too great a tendency to judge others, to find out and expose their shortcomings, based on our own experience, understanding and perspective.  There is even a danger to condemn ourselves by approving things or participating in activities we have questions about (14:22). 
 
We need to recognize, first and foremost, it is God's prerogative to judge.  We are all His servants (14:14).  And there is coming a day when we will all stand before the judgment seat of God and give an account of ourselves to God (14:10-12). 
 
As Christians we should live by faith.  Faith that God has accepted us.  Faith that we understand what God requires of us.  Faith that what we approve is in keeping with God's desires for us.  If we have doubts about something and we do it anyway we sin (14:23).  Self condemnation is greater if others allow in their lives what we can't in good conscience allow.  So we must go to God’s Word to rekindle our faith and take care to obey it. 
 
God doesn't want us as Christians to live under a cloud of condemnation and fear.

 

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