Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Romans 14 Devotional Bible Study by Steve Wilson

Romans 14

Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.


One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.


10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister[a]? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:


“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
    every tongue will acknowledge God.’”[b]


12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.


13 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.[c]



  1. Romans 14:10 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family; also in verses 13, 15 and 21.
  2. Romans 14:11 Isaiah 45:23
  3. Romans 14:23 Some manuscripts place 16:25-27 here; others after 15:33.


Principles for Shutting Your Mouth Christian Unity

I don’t want to talk too much about the examples Paul gives in this chapter. Let it suffice to say that some groups of Christians had different convictions than others. The differences may have been due to the Jewish believers still trying to honor the Old Testament Law, or Gentile believers avoiding meat sacrificed to idols.


What I want to focus on are the principles Paul gives of how Christians are to handle differences in convictions. 


  • We’re to accept them and not fight over people’s convictions.
  • We’re not to judge them. God has the only right to judge them. He is their Master, not you.
  • Whatever convictions we hold should be motivated by a desire to honor God.
  • We should be concerned about ourselves as we prepare to face God’s judgment.
  • We shouldn’t do something in front of others that they consider wrong.
  • At the same time, we shouldn’t let others tell us what we’re doing is wrong if we’re doing it to honor God.
  • If you break your conviction, you are sinning. (You might be persuaded to change your convictions, though.)
  • Keep your convictions a personal matter between you and the Lord; don’t force them on other people.
  • Remember, you might be wrong in your convictions.
  • The goal is to build each other up, not tear each other down with judgment.




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