Romans 14:2-4 MSG
Romans 14:2-4 NIV
It is neither our job to hold contempt of another or judge them. Our single calling is to love. What we do not realize is that to place love as our foremost priority requires our self awareness of how we are viewing others choices.
Paul gives us such a simple example here. An example that any of us could be faced with today. When we learn to not condemn or judge based on something as simple as what each other eats, we are able to grow in our capacity to accept others no matter the circumstances.
We must always remember that the correcting is not for us to do. We are instructed to open our arms to one another. When we correct, we end up pushing others away. Our righteousness takes center stage and pushes God out of focus.
When our focus is on obedience we are able to bring more people to the table with us. People want to accept the invitation when they do not feel condemned or judged. Let us be the vessel that guides others to Christ and leave the correction and changing of hearts and minds to Him.
Considerations for your planner:
- Do you find it difficult to keep your opinions to yourself? Write out what it would look like to simply be present with others.
A Prayer for Our Community:
Father, help us to be aware of how we are with others. We want to be obedient to Your calling of opening up our arms to everyone. Help us to be mindful of our opinions and choose our words more carefully. We want to be a blessing to others and show that we trust in You to do the changing. Amen.
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