Don’t Look Silly – or WORSE!
|November 4th||November 5th||November 6th||November 7th||November 8th||November 9th||November 10th|
|New Testament||Romans 8||Romans 9||Romans 10||Romans 11||Romans 12||Romans 13||Romans 14|
|Old Testament||Jeremiah 13-14|
|Jeremiah 17-18||Jeremiah 19-20|
2 Kings 24
|Jeremiah 23-25||Jeremiah 26,35-36|
Romans 14:10-22 (Excerpts from Message Bible)
10-12 So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse…
14…I’m convinced—Jesus convinced me!…
15If you confuse others by making a big issue over…
22Cultivate your own relationship with God, but don’t impose it on others…
Five C’s to contemplate as you read Chapter 14
1 & 2) Criticizing and Condemning others for opinions they hold that you disagree with, will often leave you with “egg on your face”. I remember more than once when I criticized, condemned and judged only to eventually find myself acting in the very same way. Keep focused on the majors, and leave the minors to others.
3) Convinced: However, true conviction comes from the heart, just as faith is of the heart. The two are really synonymous terms. Faith is a “firm persuasion, being convinced of what you do not see”. So, how does faith come? It only comes from hearing God’s Word. Therefore, to be fully convinced, we also must have God’s Word on an issue.
Importantly, you cannot convince someone else with your opinion, but you can help them become convinced as they see light in God’s word.
The important thing for everyone is to act with integrity according to what they are convinced of in their own heart. If you believe something to be true, and you have been fully persuaded by God’s Word, then act on that no matter what others do. The Bible actually says… “Whatsoever is not of faith (fully convinced), is sin…”
4) Confusion does not come from God. However, trying to convince others that your way is the only legitimate way by using critical, condemning arguments based in opinion will produce confusion. In contrast, God’s Word on a subject brings light and dispels confusion.
5) Cultivate your own relationship with God, and don’t impose it on others. This sums up Chapter 14 (and 15) very well.
Don’t look silly (or worse) by imposing our opinions on others, instead, help people see light in scripture and allow them to respond in the integrity of their heart.