Do not focus solely on your freedom in Christ

Romans Bible Background

08.15.2016 – New Testament: Rom 14.15

To read the Bible in a year, read Romans 14 on August 15, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Jesus set us free! Let us praise Him. However, let us avoid the thinking that says it is all about me, because we are to consider what our brother thinks, as it is written,

Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died (Romans 14.15). 

We have liberty to eat as we please, but not if it offends our brother. He may not have the fullness of knowledge that we have. Therefore, we have to be willing to put aside our desires and live for our brother. It is important what others think of us as Christians. We do not want to show people that we have no regard for them, but truly we want them to know that their souls mean more to us than our personal freedoms.

Therefore, Paul warned us not to destroy with food, our liberty to eat whatever food we want, our brother for whom Christ died.

Questions:

  • Which is more important? Our personal freedom or the soul of our brother?

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