July 31

Romans 14:1-23

Now accept one who is weak in faith, but not for disputes over opinions. One man has faith to eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Donít let him who eats despise him who doesnít eat. Donít let him who doesnít eat judge him who eats, for God has accepted him. Who are you who judge anotherís servant? To his own lord he stands or falls. Yes, he will be made to stand, for God has power to make him stand.

One man esteems one day as more important. Another esteems every day alike. Let each man be fully assured in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks. He who doesnít eat, to the Lord he doesnít eat, and gives God thanks. For none of us lives to himself, and none dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord. Or if we die, we die to the Lord. If therefore we live or die, we are the Lordís. For to this end Christ died, rose, and lived again, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written,

ďĎAs I live,í says the Lord, Ďto me every knee will bow.

Every tongue will confess to God.íĒ

So then each one of us will give account of himself to God. Therefore letís not judge one another any more, but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block in his brotherís way, or an occasion for falling. I know, and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean of itself; except that to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. Yet if because of food your brother is grieved, you walk no longer in love. Donít destroy with your food him for whom Christ died. Then donít let your good be slandered, for Godís Kingdom is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then, let us follow after things which make for peace, and things by which we may build one another up. Donít overthrow Godís work for foodís sake. All things indeed are clean, however it is evil for that man who creates a stumbling block by eating. It is good to not eat meat, drink wine, nor do anything by which your brother stumbles, is offended, or is made weak.

Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who doesnít judge himself in that which he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because it isnít of faith; and whatever is not of faith is sin.