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Romans 14-16

11/7/2019

A Devotional Journey 
    led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
 
                        Romans ends with a discussion of successful living in the Christian community, a statement of Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles and greetings to members of the church in Rome.
 
                        Christians should not be put off by the seeming inadequacies of weaker brethren (be they men or women!), but rather should pay special attention to the needs and feelings of those who have not had as much exposure to or experience in the Christian life. 
 
                        The differences among Christians concerning holidays and expressing devotion to God are discussed to some extent, with particular emphasis on the frustration of those who feel free to eating food sacrificed to idols with those who feel this dishonors Christ.  Paul’s approach is revealing:  the issue is not who is right, but rather, how a Christian who may be right should still set aside his/her position and lovingly regard another believer who may be wrong.
 
                        Paul’s summary is clear:  “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another.  Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way. . . . We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.” (14:13)
 
                        Even more clear is his concluding statement:  May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
(15:5-6).
 
                        What can you do to encourage another Christian today?  Is there anyone you know who is struggling with his/her faith and in need of encouragement or a sense of acceptance?  Instead of simply praying for this person, give them a phone call; drop them a note; make a point of seeing them at church and talking.  We are part of the same community as Christians; we are part of the same army and family.  God wants us to love each other actively – in ways that can make a difference.
 
                        Make things better for another Christian today!
 
A. Eugene Pearson 2013