Living By Faith: Accept One Another
“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?