Is your food or your brother more important?

Romans Bible Background

08.15.2017 – New Testament: Rom 14.16–17

To read the Bible in a year, read Romans 14 on August 15, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Food makes up a large part of our lives. We work to eat. We spend much time gathering food, preparing it, and eating it. We cannot overstate the value of food to our lives. However, we cannot make our liberty to eat any food at any time of greater value than the soul of our brethren. Therefore, Paul warned,

Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14.16–17). 

Do not eat in disregard of your brother’s conscience, knowing that spiritual values, such as righteousness, peace, and joy, far outshine food we eat for the body.


  • Do you give thanks for your food?
  • Do you give thanks for your brethren?

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