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TOLERANCE

December 22, 2014

Monday

 

Romans 14:1-4

 

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.  One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him.  Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

 

 

LESSON

 

Paul gave special attention to the problem of knowing how to live in Christian freedom. This section of Romans deals with Christian conduct for which God does not specify exactly what to do in every situation. In such cases, some Christians will do one thing and others another, both within God’s will.

The Lord Jesus taught that the distinction between ceremonially clean and unclean food had ended. Nevertheless not all Christians had grasped this teaching. Many have still regarded the Jewish dietary laws as God’s will for them. Is it any wonder that many Christians, even today, mistakenly think that the Mosaic Code constitutes their rule of life? Defilement springs from the mind, not material objects.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 16:24

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