The scripture for today is Romans 14:13-15:2, NIV.
Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. 14 I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. 15 If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.
19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.
22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.[a]
15 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2 Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.
These verses point out that we have a responsibility to our fellow Christians to help them live their life in balance with God and with us. As I studied this passage, I was embarrassed to remember how I have judged others who were doing things that I found to be distasteful. They weren’t evil things. but they were things I wouldn’t do because of personal preferences. How near sighted of me.
God put us here to fulfill His plan by living in community with other believers and unbelievers who don’t know about His love. I will strive to be a good neighbor so I can grow in his love and help others to see His love through my actions.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father thank you for our lives. Help us to be good witnesses for Your plan in this world. Amen
Prayer Concern – Those who feel it is their place to judge others.