14 Now be accepting the one being weak in the faith[a]— [but] not for disputes[b]about opinions[c].
Don’t Judge The Opinions of Fellow Servants of Your Master
2 One has faith to eat all things, but the one being weak eats vegetables[d]. 3 Let not the one eating be treating-with-contempt[e] the one not eating. And let not the one not eating be judging[f] the one eating— for God accepted him. 4 Who are you, the one judging a household-servant belonging-to-another? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
Live For The Lord As You Think Best, For Each of Us Will Give an Account To God
5 For one judges a day beyond a day[g], but another judges every day alike. Let each one be fully-convinced in his own mind[h]. 6 The one thinking[i]as to the day, is thinking for the Lord. And the one eating, is eating for the Lord— for he gives-thanks to God. And the one not eating, is not eating for the Lord— and he gives-thanks to God. 7 For[j] none of us lives for himself, and none dies for himself. 8 For if we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore if we live and if we die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For Christ died and came-to-life for this: that He might be-Lord both of dead and living ones.10 But why are you judging your brother? Or why also are you treating your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment-seat of God. 11 For it has been written [in Isa 45:23]: “AsI live”, says the Lord, “every knee will bow toMe. And every tongue will confess-out to God”. 12 So then, each of us will give an account for himself to God.
Don’t Let Your Good Choices Cause Spiritual Harm To Others; Walk In Love
13 Therefore let us no longer be judging one another. But rather judge[k] this: not to be placing an opportunity-for-stumbling[l] or a cause-of-falling[m]for the brother (14 I know[n] and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing[o]is defiled[p] in itself [q], except to the one considering anything to be defiled— to that[r]one it is defiled). 15 For if your brother is grieved[s] because of food, you are no longer walking according-to love. Do not be destroying with[t] your food that one for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore do not be letting your good thing be blasphemed[u]. 17 For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness[v] and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For the one serving[w] Christ in this is pleasing to God and approved by people.
Let Us Be Pursuing Peace And Things That Build Up, Not Things That Tear Down
19 So then, let us be pursuing the things of[x] peace and the things of edification for one another. 20 Do not be tearing-down the work of God for the sake of food. All things are clean— but it is evil for the person eating with an opportunity-for-stumbling. 21 It is good not to eat meats, nor to drink wine, nor to do anything by which your brother stumbles.
Hold To Your Convictions, But Carry The Weak. Don’t Just Please Yourselves
22 The faith which you have, be having for[y] yourself in the sight of God. Blessed is the one not judging himself in what he is approving. 23 But the one doubting has been condemned if he eats, because it was not from faith— and everything which is not from faith is sin.
Romans 14:1Or, weak in faith. Their faith does not allow them to live in the full freedom of Christ. They are bound by customs and traditions from their former life. The weak sometimes judge a person who does not do as they do. The strong sometimes treat the weak with contempt because of their opinions.
Romans 14:1This word means ‘discernments, judgments’, and then the ‘disputes, quarrels’ that result from this behavior.
Romans 14:13Or, an occasion to take offense or stumble into sin.
Romans 14:13The former case causes an unintended stumble; the cause of falling is a consciously chosen thing. The person deliberately proceeds with behavior known to be objectionable to the weak, perhaps even in defiance of them.
Romans 14:14As to knowledge, the strong are correct. But there is another way to view the matter besides ‘in itself’.
Romans 14:14That is, nothing in the category of things being discussed here.
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