"The Weaker - Part 3"
“The Weaker - Part 3”
“Remember, remember the fifth of November…” I’m always reminded of that line from one of my favorite movies, “V for Vendetta”. LOL
Let us press on through Romans 14.
We have seen that we are…
- not to judge one another
- not to view one another with contempt
- that each will give an account of himself before God
Give heed to the Word of the Lord…
13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this--not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother's way.
14 I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
15 For if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no longer walking according to love Do not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died.
16 Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil;
17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Notice how the Lord repeatedly tells us not to judge one another.
We are to be determined to not put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.
We are not to hurt a brother.
Paul states that he knows and is convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but if someone thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
This was revelation from the Lord.
We are to be discerning in living in freedom and liberty.
If I know that a brother will be caused to stumble through the exercising of my freedom, then I will limit my freedom.
I will not eat.
I will not drink.
I will not do anything that will cause one to stumble.
I will not hurt a brother.
This is true love of the brethren.
To do otherwise is not to walk according to love.
Then the Lord tells us point-blank.
Do not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died.
Though, to you, it is a good thing, do not let it be spoken of as evil.
The Lord tells us why.
The Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
This is the way we are to live among brothers.
This is the way that we are to live in freedom and liberty guarded by humility.
Love covers much.
The Kingdom of God is not adherence to rules and regulations related to food and drink.
The Kingdom is righteousness.
The Kingdom is peace.
The Kingdom is joy in the Holy Spirit.
Let us be vessels of the Kingdom...more later…
I wrote a song years ago related to such...rough recording done one night at a coffee shop…
“The Kingdom of God”
Should be the first song on the playlist in the middle of the page.
You can listen live (streaming), download it free.