Living By Faith: Accept One Another

Romans 14:1-23

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” Romans 15:7

 

We can choose to accept one another when we remember: 

  • All believers belong to the Lord. 14:1-8
  • All believers will be judged by God at the bema seat. 14:9-12
  • All believers are citizens of God’s kingdom which focuses on righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. 14:13-18
  • All believers are to build up one another. 14:19-21
  • Convictions about disputable matters can be a result of fellow believers trying to live a life of practical righteousness. 14:22-23
  • Christ is our model.  15:7

Developing Personal Convictions:  In I Cor.10:23-11:1 Paul helps us understand how to develop our convictions about disputable matters.

  • Is it beneficial?
  • Is it constructive?
  • Is it self-serving?
  • Is it something that will bring glory to God?
  • Is it something that I can thank God for?
  • Will it cause someone to stumble?
  • Is it worth imitating?
  • Is it following the example of Christ?

 

Principle 1: Do not allow your practice of freedom regarding disputable matters to ruin your relationship with fellow believers.

Principle 2: Do not allow your convictions about disputable matters to ruin your relationship with fellow believers.

 

Application: Are you judging others in the faith based on your personal convictions about disputable matters? Are you practicing your freedom in Christ in a prideful way creating a stumbling block for a fellow believer?  Are you accepting others as Christ accepted you?