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Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Room For Differences

Two selections from the remainder of chapter 14 today as we wrap up a very practical and critical point Paul is making.
 
Romans 14:14 "I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15 Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love."
 
Here Paul does something we almost never see. He states his view and then immediately defends those who see it differently then he does. Revolutionary! It isn't a problem for me says Paul. I am fully convinced that no thing is inherently unclean. If a man worships a rock that does not make rocks idols or bad. That is how I see it. But...BUT if my brother, sister, friend, neighbour feels that rocks are now tainted by association and represent something evil than for them it is indeed unclean and if you love them you will respect them and their point of view.
 
22 "Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. 23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin."
 
In conclusion your views and understanding of any issue are between you and God and should never be pushed or forced on anyone else. Live your conscience before God. If you are unsure do not be ok with anything until you are sure. If we aren't living and acting according to what we firmly believe God is showing us we are sinning. However even if we are fully convinced it still leaves no room to think less of someone else who sees it differently.
 
Follow Jesus - Love your neighbour.

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